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The Mountain State.  Broke off of Virginia during the US Civil War.  Famous for coal mines in general, and the mine wars in particular.

State colors:  Blue and Gold

State bird: Cardinal

State flower: Rhododendron (Alternately, the Satellite Dish)

Lots of neat places to visit, like the New River Gorge Bridge (Tall enough that people can parachute off it if they're careful), and lots of national and state parks.