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Representing West Virginia

By Staff reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Since its creation 150 years ago, West Virginia has adopted a series of state symbols to showcase its culture, products, wildlife, plants and natural resources. Click on the links below for their stories:State flower: Rhododendron is our prettiest symbolState animal: Black bear once teetered on brink of extinctionState fish: Brook trout thrive in chilly habitatState insect: Honeybee supports W.Va.'s main industry
State reptile: Timber rattlesnake shuns the limelightState fossil: Thomas Jefferson played role in discovery of bonesState songs: 'West Virginia Hills' shares official statusState gem: Fossil coral comes from land's oceanic pastState _____: Mountain State has many more official symbols
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