Episode 31 – West Virginia State Quarter
Today it’s West Virginia State Quarter. It was released in 2005. The design on the reverse side of the quarter or the tail side, shows the New River and the New River Gorge Bridge which showcases the state’s natural beauty and the scenic views of the gorge located a few miles. north of Fayetteville, West Virginia. The bridge was build in 1977 to span across the New River Gorge. Before the bridge was constructed, people in the area had to make their way along winding curves on a forty-minute drive down and back up again.
October draws thousands of visitors to the area for Bridge Day. On the third Saturday in October travelers and visitors to the Fayetteville area have a chance to go on and leap off the bridge. This only happens during this time. The bridge has become so popular it is a destination in its own right.
The West Virginia state quarter is the 35th coin released in the 50 State Quarters Programs. And the 5th released in 2005. The state of West Virginia was admitted into the Union on June 20, 1863.
The quarter is featured on this episode in our Two Bits segment. Did you know that the quarter is also called two bits? Well, that’s based on the division of the Spanish peso. A bit back in time. But, quarters are still sometimes called two bits. There’s a lot of history in coins and trivia too.
Quarter Miles was first introduced on the radio show, Travel With Annita, Annita Thomas and Olivia Varnson shared trivia information about the state quarters and their designs. They featured the quarters and all the information inspiring listeners to plan and organize trips based on the quarter designs.
Here’s a bit of trivia and facts on how you can visit West Virginia and experience this state’s natural beauty.
To plan a trip to places mentioned go to:
State Park -nps.gov/neri
For more information on the U.s. Mint State and Comemoriatve quarters visit the website USMint.gov
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