Wild, Wondering West Virginia

What do YOU wonder about West Virginia? What if YOU could choose West Virginia Public Broadcasting's next story?

Welcome to Wild, Wondering West Virginia, a new series devoted to answering questions about the Mountain State. You submit the questions, and the public votes on which ones they want us to investigate. WVPB will work together with the asker to find the answer. 

So, right to the question: What do you wonder about your community, the history of West Virginia, or the people who live here? 

Here's how the process works:

Here are some sample questions to get you wondering:

  • Why did the capitol move to Charleston from Wheeling?
  • Why is the cardinal our state bird?
  • Is Country Roads actually written about WV?
  • Is the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling haunted?
  • How did the Hatfields and McCoys become so popular?
  • How did WV get it's crazy shape?

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Wheeling resident and entrepreneur Brian Joseph posed the latest question in our ongoing Wild, Wondering West Virginia series. He asked us to tell the story of the oldest mountains in the world (the Appalachian Mountains) and to also include the sister mountain range (the Atlas Mountains) in that tale.

This question won our online voting round, so we decided to visit with Joseph to gain a bit more insight into his curiosity.


It's time for you to choose the next story for Wild, Wondering West Virginia, our series devoted to answering questions about the Mountain State.

Last time, you voted for Jaime Wichterman's question about Native American History in West Virginia. Round 2 is underway and it's up to you to decide, West Virginia!

Shayla Klein / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Along the banks of the Ohio River and other waterways, there are several places where -- after a heavy rain -- Native American artifacts still crop up today. Despite these clues, archeologists and historians haven’t been able to paint a clear picture of the people who lived here before white settlers.

Artifacts have led archeologists to believe people first came to the region about 14,000 years ago, hunting woolly mammoths and dodging sabertooth cats. There were also people here 2,500 years ago building mounds. But most of what is known outside of that revolves around tribes that lived in the region around the late 1600’s -- tribes  forced to relocate in the mid 1800’s. And there’s a lot of speculation about that, too.

We asked you to ask, you've asked, now we need you to decide which ask to answer!

Welcome to Wild, Wondering West Virginia, a new series devoted to answering questions about the Mountain State. You submit the questions, and the public votes on which ones they want us to investigate. WVPB will work together with the asker to find the answer. 

Shayla Klein and Brittany Patterson / West Virginia Public Broacasting

For our first installment of Wild, Wondering West Virginia, we tackled a question about West Virginia’s origins. Listener Nancy Taylor wanted to know what West Virginia was like during the ice age and whether the ancient time shaped the Mountain State’s topography.

What sort of creatures called Cranesville Swamp in WV home during the Ice Age?
Brittany Patterson / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Exciting news! We at West Virginia Public Broadcasting have received some excellent questions during the inaugural kick-off of our Wild, Wondering West Virginia project. We want to know what questions you have about the Mountain State, and here are just a few of the great questions we've already received:

What do YOU wonder about West Virginia? What if YOU could choose West Virginia Public Broadcasting's next story?

Welcome to Wild, Wondering West Virginia, a new series devoted to answering questions about the Mountain State.