The following poem was written for West Virginia’s
Centennial birthday. It seems appropriate to share as once again we are
set to celebrate the birth of West Virginia on Saturday, June 20.
Calhoun County centennial festivities included a ball at
the high school where Sara Holliday, Edith Poling and other members of
the Class of 1955 were in charge. They had live music and tables set
around the gym, with table cloths and nice centerpieces.
The West Virginia Centennial
In eighteen hundred sixty-three, while war clouds hovered low,
A Star was born to U.S.A. a hundred years
They named it West Virginia and the Star became a state;
A century of progress passed and now we
The Union now has fifty stars and we invite you all
To be our guests and dine and dance at West
Throughout the year, to guide you here, our Star is shining bright,
’Twill light the way for you to come and see
the won’drous sight.
Of mountains high and rolling hills, green valleys in between--
Of waterfalls and rushing streams of water,
clear and clean,
That wind their way thru forests tall and flow thru evergreen
And some are found beneath the ground and
even can’t be seen.
Our lakes and streams and rivers, too, are stocked with Golden Trout
Awaiting you, with rod and reel, to come and
pull them out.
You’ll find a sportsman’s paradise, a children’s wonderland--
And every Mountaineer you meet will lend a
No need to go to Switzerland--come see it here, and more,
From caverns deep beneath the ground to
mountain tops that soar,
Like Hawk’s Nest--where the thrill you get will add a pleasure shock;
And don’t forget to see the show called
“Honey In The Rock.”
So come on down and visit us, and for a while abide;
The welcome mat is out for you, the door is
Come spend vacation here, and then our song you’ll understand--
“Oh, the West Virginia hills, how majestic
and how grand!”