West Virginia State Nicknames
- “The Mountain State” and “Switzerland of America”
The beautiful Allegheny Mountains that go through the state are the inspiration for this West Virginia state nickname.
- “The Panhandle State”
This West Virginia nickname is a reference to Virginia’s physical shape as it appears on a map. The slender territory between Maryland and Virginia is called the Eastern Panhandle and the land strip between Ohio and Pennsylvania is designated the Northern Panhandle.
West Virginia State Slogans
- “West Virginia, Open for business”
This West Virginia Slogan is very publicly criticized and it was a state slogan from 2006. It was the state’s welcome sign slogan.
- “Wild, Wonderful West Virginia”
This is a former slogan which lasted from 1975 to 1991. Apparently, it is still going strong today. This Slogan is featured on the West Virginia Vacation, Travel, and Tourism Homepage: VisitWestVirginia.com
- “Almost Heaven”
In her opening line for her speech after her win in 2008, West Virginia Democratic primary, Hillary Rodham Clinton said: “You know, like the song says, ‘It’s almost heaven”.