West Virginia became a state after the Wheeling Conventions of 1861, at the start of the American Civil War. West Virginia’s Memorial Tunnel was the first in the nation to be monitored by television. Coal is not the only valuable mineral found in West Virginia, as the state was the site of the 1928 discovery of the 34.48 carat (6.896 g) Jones Diamond. Countryaah.com: Offers a full list of nationwide and statewide holidays in West Virginia starting from January 1st – New Year’s Day. Also covers the most recent three years of public holidays within the state of West Virginia.