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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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West Virginia Industrial Heritage

Program Description
Students will learn about the railroad, lumber, and coal mining industries of West Virginia between 1870 and 1930 and their importance in fueling the economy of West Virginia and the United States during the American Industrial Revolution. Hands-on activities and historic tools will help students explore this part of West Virginia cultural heritage.

Available to schools in:Greenbrier, Monroe, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level: 5th

Program Length: 1 hour

The industrial revolution shaped the early industries of West Virginia

Instructional Objectives:

1. Define industrialization

2. Describe three early industries of the New River Gorge and West Virginia

3. State a contribution that each of these industries had on out history

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History/Social Sciences

WV Content Standards met:
History/Social Sciences – SS.5.3.5, SS.5.4.9, SS.5.4.10, SS.5.5.3, SS.5.5.7

Did You Know?

BASE Jumper at New River Gorge

One day each year, hundreds of BASE (Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth) jumpers come to New River Gorge to parachute from the New River Gorge Bridge.