The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

December 3, 2012

West Virginia firsts

— Jackson’s Mill is the site of the first 4-H camp in the United States.

The first major land battle of the Civil War was the battle of Philippi on June 3, 1861.

West Virginia’s memorial tunnel was the first in the nation to be monitored by television.

Mrs. Minnie Buckingham Harper was appointed to the House of Delegates in 1928, making her the first African American woman to become a member of a legislative body in the United States.

The first rural free mail delivery was started in Charles Town on Oct. 6, 1896.

The first steel cut nails were manufactured in West Virginia in 1883.

The first brick street in the world was laid in Charleston on Oct. 23, 1870, on downtown Summers Street.

West Virginia University played Pitt in the first football game ever broadcast on the radio, in 1921 on KDKA.