Shipping from the State of South Dakota to West Virginia
The territory that would become South Dakota was added to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The first permanent American settlement was established at Fort Pierre by the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804. White settlement of the territory in the 1800s led to clashes with the Sioux, as some of the lands had been granted to the tribe by an earlier treaty. Nevertheless, the territory was incorporated into the union on November 2, 1889, along with North Dakota.
Due to a controversy over which state would be admitted to the union first, President Benjamin Harrison shuffled the bills and signed one at random, with the order going unrecorded, though North Dakota is traditionally listed first. Today, a major part of South Dakota’s economy is fueled by tourism–visitors flock to the state to see Mt. Rushmore, which features 60-foot-tall sculptures of the faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Famous South Dakotans include newscaster Tom Brokaw, senator, and vice president Hubert Humphrey and model actress Cheryl Ladd.
Shipping to the State of South Dakota to West Virginia
During the Civil War that lasted between 1861 and 1865, the Virginia state voted to disaffiliate from the United States. People from the mountainous western part of the state were against the decision and decided to create their own state to support the Union. That was what led to the formation of the state West Virginia. On June 20, 1863, congress instituted West Virginia as a state.
The West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry was the location of John Brown’s ill-fated 1859 raid on the federal arsenal there. Although Brown’s plan to arm a large-scale slave rebellion with weapons from the armory eventually failed, and Brown was hanged. The raid was not successful with inflaming white Southern fears of slave rebellions and increased the increasing tension between the North and South preceding the Civil War.
Today, West Virginia is a major coal-producing state, contributing 15% of the country’s coal. The New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville is the longest steel arch bridge in the world. Every October, the town hosts a Bridge Day celebration when the road is closed to traffic, and people are allowed to parachute and bungee jump off the bridge. The event entices almost 100,000 participants and spectators each year. Popular West Virginia natives include actor Don Knotts, gymnast Mary Lou Retton, and test pilot Chuck Yeager.