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'Along the Kanawha River' showcases life along the river

Oct. 22, 2013 @ 06:49 AM

HUNTINGTON - The new­est addition to Arcadia Pub­lishing’s popular Images of America series is “Along the Kanawha River” from author Joseph Phillips.

The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memo­ries of days gone by.

Phillips will be signing copies of the book from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Point Pleasant River Museum.

The Kanawha River is a prominent natural feature run­ning through West Virginia’s Putnam County. Beginning in the 19th Century, small, per­manent towns began to appear along the river’s banks. The waterway served as a vital mode of transportation for these bur­geoning communities.

Buffalo has a rich agricultural history and a historic town cen­ter with several buildings in the National Register of His­toric Places. Eleanor was one of three New Deal settlements established by Eleanor Roos­evelt. Winfield, the county seat, was named after Gen. Winfield Scott. Nitro was seemingly built overnight as a US ammunition facility during World War I.

While each town has its own identity, it shares a common link-the Kanawha River. Along the Kanawha River chronicles Civil War-era residents, floods in the early 1900s and economic hard times in the 1930s. This pictorial history captures the diversity of these communities and the ways in which they flourished along the Kanawha R iver.

Highlights of Along the Kanawha River include:

N A large portion of never before published images in the book came from the Army Corps of Engineers’ archival col lect ion .

N Chronicles Nitro’s immense industrial infrastructure from

its time as a WWI munitions pla nt .

N Includes images depicting the 1953 robbery of the Buffalo Ba n k .

N The author’s profits from the sale of the book will be donated to funding local proj­ects undertaken by Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail. Their projects include historical pres­ervation efforts and construc­tion endeavors, like the rebuild­ing of Hometown Park.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at 888-313-2665 or online.

 

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