West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Winners Honored
Retiring state schools Superintendent Jim Phares says as a former history teacher, he was honored to join in the ceremony. The first Golden Horseshoe ceremony was held in 1931. The award's name comes from golden horseshoes that Virginia Gov. Alexander Spotswood gave to a party of about 50 men who explored land west of the Allegheny Mountains in the early 1700s.