Taylor Coal Miners

The most favorable conditions for the development of coal beds occur when accumulation of plant debris form in relatively permanent bodies of water or...

Mine rescue and first aid events

On Saturday, August 9, 1924 a parade of busses and private cars, carrying more than 500 spectators, streamed into Carbonado to watch 25 teams representing coal mining towns of Western Washington compete in mine rescue and first aid events.

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...

THS Boys’ Basketball Team, 1926

In the early days the local area was a patchwork collection of small school districts located around mining, lumber, and railroad towns, including Taylor,...

Joe Wilsco, left and Vern Habenicht, right with their catch after fishing the Green...

Once upon a time, steelhead were plentiful in local rivers, with a yearly limit of 60 fish and a daily limit of three per...

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...

Residents of the Town of Lester

From its beginnings Lester had been a railroad town, built to house rail crews that cut through 12-foot snow drifts, maintained tracks, serviced, scheduled...

First aid and mine rescue teams to Carbonado

On August 9, 1924 six coal-mining towns sent 25 first aid and mine rescue teams to Carbonado for what was deemed Washington’s most successful...

Maple Valley railway station January 20, 1948

This week we turn our attention back to the Maple Valley railway station with a photo of the depot taken on January 20, 1948. This...

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...
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