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Fine print…

From a(n introductory statistics) textbook, via 22 Words

As we select sly stratagems to seduce students, we might recall that it was on this date in 1921 that the West Virginia State Capitol Building in Charleston burned to the ground.  Two years earlier, the State Police had purchased guns, ammunition, and explosives to use in putting down coal field labor disputes that threatened to turn into “civil war.”  The unused munitions were stored on the top floor of the Capitol, which caught fire.  The resulting heat set off the ammunition and sent gawkers running in every direction.

A hastily-built replacement was erected… but it too burned down in 1927.  The current seat of state government (built with liberal use of non-flammable stone) was dedicated in 1932.


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January 3, 2012 at 1:01 am

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