Introducing Plymouth – The Putnam County Connection
A little-known coal mining district emerged in Putnam County (WV) at the close of the Civil War. By the mid-1940s, this district’s large-scale underground mining operations ceased forever. Among the early coal villages that sprang up along the northern bank of the Kanawha River during this time was a coal camp named Plymouth.While putting together the Campbell’s Creek books, I learned that some of the country’s most influential personalities and corporations held interest in the Campbell’s Creek mining, manufacturing and shipping industries over the years. I learned, too, the story of Campbell’s Creek would not be complete without exploring its Putnam County connection, the coal mining community of Plymouth. This book explores Plymouth’s coal and river transportation history along with its connection to Campbell’s Creek (Kanawha County). These two mining districts were in separate counties nearly 25 miles apart, yet became intertwined by industry, ownership, and the Great Kanawha River. This work provides some insight into the coal mining operations at Plymouth but is not a comprehensive history of Putnam County’s coal industry. Rather, I compiled this book as an appendix to the Campbell’s Creek books trying to avoid repetition as much as possible yet providing enough information for the reader to understand the connection. More than 70 years have passed since coal was mined on a large-scale commercial basis in Putnam County. Today nothing remains of the former mining town of Plymouth, but its legacy survives in the form of a community park and wildlife management area. Through brief biographical sketches, historical notes, tidbits and photographs, the Plymouth miners, riverboat workers and their families’ legacy are celebrated by honoring their contribution to the industrial and economic development of the Kanawha Valley. Plymouth – The Putnam County Connection: Full-color cover, softbound, 8.5”x11”, 86 pages, with over 150 photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations.
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