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When Coal Was King

Frank Merritt (holding shovel) and George Morris (with mustache) after the fire

Back in the early 1900s, you might have said the streets of Wilkeson were paved with coal. That’s not exactly true, but it does...

TSD Buses 1939

Who is the most important transportation provider in the greater Maple Valley-Covington-Black Diamond area? A clue – it isn’t Metro. This photo taken in...

Flaming Geyser

In the heat of the summer it’s interesting to look back 92 years to heat of a different kind. This is the famous Flaming...

Northern Pacific Railway (NPRR) bridge

This Northern Pacific Railway (NPRR) bridge over the Green River stands163 feet high and is 1,119 feet long. It was built in 1914 and...

Rosyln No. 9 Coal Mine

The most productive coal mines in Washington were those located in Roslyn, now home to a posh housing development and resort called Suncadia. It...

Franklin Tour is April 7, 2018

This coming Saturday, April 7 the Black Diamond Historical Society will conduct their second and final 2018 walking tour of the historic coal mining...

Joe Wilsco, a coal miner from Ravensdale

On October 26, 1965, Joe Wilsco, a coal miner from Ravensdale prepared to connect dangling wires used to detonate dynamite and loosen the face...

Fairfax was a town in the east Pierce County coal mining district, located about...

Fairfax was a town in the east Pierce County coal mining district, located about five miles south of Carbonado. Fairfax’s discovery came as a...

The Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad (C & PS) opened this station in January...

The Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad (C & PS) opened this station in January 1905, after Henry Cannon complained about his company’s lack of...

1910 image shows three men standing in front of locomotive #3008 in Lester

As noted in prior columns, Lester was a railroad town in the upper Green River Valley, on the Stampede Pass line of the Northern...
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