Local author, Todd A. Hanson, announces the release of his latest book, Plymouth – The Putnam County Connection. This project is a pictorial look into this community’s coal and river heritage throughout its mining era (1887-1943), along with its connection to Campbell’s Creek (Kanawha County). These two mining districts were in separate counties nearly 25 miles apart, and became intertwined by industry, ownership, and the Great Kanawha River.
“The story of Campbell’s Creek would not be complete without exploring its Putnam County Connection,” Hanson said. “It is a portion of our history that has nearly escaped into time,” since mining ceased there over 75 years ago. “It’s amazing how this long-forgotten coal mining district continues to enrich the region in the form of Amherst/Plymouth Wildlife Management and the legacy of the Hometown Park,” explains Hanson.
Hanson is a six generation Campbell’s Creek native now residing in Given, (Jackson County) West Virginia. His first book, Campbell’s Creek – A Portrait of a Coal Mining Community, was published by Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, Charleston, West Virginia, 1989, and the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Campbell’s Creek book, was published by Quarrier Press, Charleston, West Virginia, 2015. His photographs and articles have appeared in Charleston Newspapers, the former West Virginia Hillbilly, and in Wonderful West Virginia, Goldenseal, Blue Ridge Country, Country, and Country Extra magazines. He has contributed to numerous books including: King Coal – A Pictorial Heritage of West Virginia Coal Mining, Kanawha County Images, The Kanawha & Michigan Railroad, the Coal Camp Kids series, West Virginia Mountain Majesty, and the West Virginia Encyclopedia project.
Through brief biographical sketches, historical notes, tidbits and photographs, the Plymouth miners, riverboat workers, and their families are celebrated in honor of their contribution to the industrial and economic development of the Kanawha Valley. Plymouth – The Putnam County Connection: 8.5”x11”, 86 pages, full-color cover, softbound, with over 150 photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations. Distributed by the West Virginia Book Company, Charleston, West Virginia, Plymouth – the Putnam County Connection retails $19.95 and is available at Tamarack, Taylor Books, or online at: campbellscreekhistory.com.