African-American Coal Miners

Last week’s column told the story of African-Americans who went to work in the coal mines of the Pacific Northwest. Often used as strikebreakers...

Assemblage of white and black coal miners at the Newcastle mine

According to an article in the Renton Historical Quarterly by Tom Monahan, the first African-American miners in the Newcastle coal mines began arriving around...

Three unidentified ladies journeyed east of Black Diamond in search of adventure.

Summer trips to tourist destinations are nothing new. The destinations have changed, but the urge to explore remains the same. So it was in...

Newcastle Saloon

Ninety-nine years ago today, a photographer walked into the Newcastle Saloon and snapped this photo. The Newcastle Saloon was built before 1878 and by...

Morning Shift at Newcastle

This photo has achieved something of iconic status and is now known as the Morning Shift at Newcastle by Asahel Curtis, June 24, 1909....

Pacific Coast Railroad Engine No. 16 spews black smoke as it travels near Maple...

In the last days of steam locomotives, Pacific Coast Railroad Engine No. 16 spews black smoke as it travels near Maple Valley. The Maple...

Photos of the Green River Gorge Bridge never cease to amaze

Photos of the Green River Gorge Bridge never cease to amaze. This one dated October 23, 1929 may have been taken by Captain Dick...

John Conta Family

With a keen eye for business opportunities, ywas one of the first entrepreneurs to purchase land in the Georgetown area of Ravensdale. In 1905,...

John Baima stands on the porch of Newcastle House #75, in this May 1983...

John Baima stands on the porch of Newcastle House #75, in this May 1983 photo by Vic Condiotty. This little house, long associated with...

Barney Baima Family

Barney Baima Family – Shown here are Bernard and Adriena Baima with their five sons: Joe, Peter, John, Valentino, and Adolf, also known as...
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