Mining Town Memories

Minden, West Virginia

by Billy Ray Bibb



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/23/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781546277040
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781546277026
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781546277033

About the Book

Billy Ray was the name his mother chose for him, but the doctor insisted his birth certificate read “William.” Knowing his mother, Billy Ray is sure she shared some choice words with the man, as “William” has been called “Billy Ray” ever since while growing up and living in the small mining town of Minden, West Virginia, where stories grow like trees. Mining Town Memories is a collection of poems that tell the tall and small tales of those living and dying near the New River. This is a look into the everyday life of the miner, how he strives to work under difficult conditions, surviving in and outside the mine. Families had to survive, too, on the little money earned, making extra effort to provide for their needs. A close insight into the mining life, this collection portrays the mental and emotional state of a hard-working band of brothers. Many shouted from the mines for God’s protection. Some souls were lost, while othes saved. The life of a miner is a life like no other—one of darkness and strain but also hope and light, revealed now for the first time in poetic verse.

About the Author

Billy Ray Bibb served in the United States Navy and has always had a desire to tell his life’s story. From the book’s proceeds, he plans to raise money for the Minden Community Center in an effort to preserve the West Virgina town’s history. Bibb lives in Scottsville, Virginia.