CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is marking a colorful milestone in its history.
Fifty years ago this week, the state's 56th Legislature passed a resolution adopting old gold and blue as the Mountain State's official state colors.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the state had used the colors in an unofficial capacity since it was chosen by the flagship West Virginia University around 1890.
Officials authorized West Virginia's first flag in 1864. While details sometimes varied, all the flags were made of dark blue silk and featured gold fringe.
While many residents had long-considered blue and gold the official state colors, the legislators drafted a resolution in commemoration of the state's 100th birthday.
Members of the West Virginia Legislature passed the unanimous resolution in the final hours of the 1963 session.
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