Probably the youngest First Aid Team in the world, the Black Diamond Midgets

                                                      The history of first aid dates well before the parable of the Good Samaritan, as told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. By...

Participants at the Western Washington First Aid and Mine Rescue Meet

Between 1885 and 1920 there were 847 recorded coal mine fatalities in Washington. Likely many more went unrecorded.  In the 1920s, the state increased...

S.E. 231st Street – Bridge

This July 6, 1932 photo by Thomas Blum was taken where S.E. 231stStreet crossed over the Pacific Coast Railroad.  Coal trains from Black Diamond...

Wilderness Bridge

Autumn is a splendid time to take a walk. And there’s perhaps no better place locally than the Green to Cedar River trail. This...

The Teapot Dome Scandal

The Teapot Dome Scandal was perhaps the greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics. That 1920s scandal involved the administration...

Steve Vernarelli

  With the increasing popularity of groceries delivered to your home, it’s worth knowing that this model of food distribution has a long and storied...

Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad

The development of Black Diamond and Maple Valley would have taken a decidedly different turn if the Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad had not...

1928 Black Diamond Baseball Team

As baseball season heats up and football descends upon us once again, it’s time to look back to a Black Diamond resident who excelled...

PCRR steam locomotive #15 pulling a load of empty coal cars towards Black Diamond

In 1944 Harold Hill stood on an overpass above the Pacific Coast Railroad and snapped this photo. The likely location is where S.E. 231stStreet...

Lewis Found Guilty

In April 1948, coal miners began a nation-wide strike to protest mine operator’s interpretation of the 1947 contract provision for pension benefits. It was...
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