Enjoy this short video highlighting some of the historical photos of West Virginians available in West Virginia History OnView.
The Art Collection of West Virginia University contains several pieces by artist Beth Van Hoesen. Van Hoesen, who was born in 1926 in Boise, Idaho, is known for her arresting and amusing animal portraits.
In 1955, the Hanna Coal Company of Cleveland, Ohio, commissioned what was then the world’s largest steam shovel. Christened The Mountaineer, the shovel could move 60 cubic yards of material in its giant scoop, for a total of 7,500 tons of material an hour.
In this photo we can see that the scoop was large enough to fit two cars side by side:
And if you’re a fan of LEGO bricks, be sure to check out this amazing scale recreation of the Mountaineer built by a young man in Switzerland!
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