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W.Va. Swinging Into 160th Year

West Virginia is a beautiful state — stunning mountain vistas; beautiful valleys cradling one of the world’s oldest rivers; engineering wonders; and some of the best outdoor adventure in North America. The state Department of Tourism this week erected nine “Almost Heaven” swings around the state to highlight some of our most beloved sites including one right here in Wheeling.

The city’s Heritage Port now includes a large, wooden swing and sign built by students at the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center. The iconic Wheeling Suspension Bridge sits in the background, which makes it a great site for a picture to share with the world on the beauty of our state.

“We’ve got a lot to celebrate this year, so I’m calling on all West Virginians to help us make this birthday even more special,” Gov. Jim Justice said Monday in announcing the new swings on the state’s 159th birthday. He urged residents to share photos on the swings to “help us show the world just how great it is here in Almost Heaven, West Virginia!”

Along with Wheeling, swings are located at Coopers Rock State Forest; Cacapon Resort State Park; the Hatfield-McCoy Trail; Charleston; Fort Boreman Scenic Overlook in Wood County; Stonewall Resort State Park; Babcock State Park; and Blackwater Falls State Park.

What a wonderful idea. We all should take more pride in what our state has to offer. Showing others the beauty of West Virginia is an easy way to make that happen.

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