Here are some of the people, places and things that have shaped West Virginia.
AP Photo/Dale Sparks
A permanant memorial sits outside of Mannington, W.Va., Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, in memory of 78 miners killed at the Consolidation Coal Co.'s No. 9 mine in Farmington, W.Va., in November 1968. Nineteen miners remain entombed there. Twenty major explosions and many minor ones rocked the underground tunnels for nine days after the disaster, which led to the landmark Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969.