Today marks the 150th anniversary of West Virginia statehood. Its contentious history, past and present, makes it a place that's difficult to love at times. But there's no denying its incredible natural beauty. Emmylou Harris captures both sides of the coin in this song.
And should you need to know more, the Charleston Gazette has "Ten things to know about the West Virginia sesquicentennial." Including, perhaps most importantly, that there will be free cupcakes at interstate welcome centers today.
Here's to more wild, wonderful years to come.