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“The Panhandles” – WV County Quiz

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In addition to “The Mountain State” and “Almost Heaven,” West Virginia has also been called “The Panhandle State.”   Other states also have panhandles, but only WV has two.

Northern Panhandle
Most of the Northern Panhandle lies between OH and PA and is highly industrialized.  (Bonus:  Why?)
 – What WV counties are in the Northern Panhandle?  (Because of the similarities in geography, history, topography, and industry, many people define the Northern Panhandle as not just the four most northern counties, but to also include the next one or two counties to the south along the Ohio River)
 – What city or town is the county seat for each one? 
 – Which of the county seats, if any, are located along the banks of the Ohio River?

“Far Eastern” Panhandle
Some people believe WV’s Eastern Panhandle consists of parts or all of eight counties.  Others believe it is only made up of the three furthest east – so we’ll call those three the “Far Eastern” Panhandle. Because of their proximity to the metropolitan areas of the East Coast, two of the counties are becoming more urbanized, while the third retains much of its rural character.  (Bonus:  Why?)
 – What are the three WV counties in the “Far Eastern” Panhandle? 
 – What city or town is the county seat for each one?  
 – Which WV county seats, if any, are located along the route of the original B&O railroad? 

“Near Eastern” Panhandle
The eight counties of both the “Far Eastern” and “Near Eastern” Panhandles are the only WV counties that are EAST of the Eastern Continental Divide. (A small portion of Monroe County is also on the Eastern side.)  The “Near Eastern” panhandle is an area of WV that is mostly agricultural.  (Bonus:  Why?)
 – What five WV counties are in the “Near Eastern” Panhandle? 
 – What city or town is the county seat for each one? 
 – Which WV county seats, if any, are located along the South Branch of the Potomac River? 
 – How about the North Branch?

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