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A Heavenly Partnership

Before singer John Denver labeled it “almost heaven,” West Virginia was known as the Cog State, an acronym for coal, oil and gas. A mountainous topography lying within the Appalachian Mountain range provides rich mineral resources, along with considerable deposits of coal, that helped launch America’s Industrial Revolution and rapid westward expansion thanks to freight rail. Today, logging is also important to the West Virginia economy, as is wind energy, making the partnership between the state and its railroads almost heavenly.