1927 photo of the New Black Diamond mine coal bunkers

This 1927 photo of the New Black Diamond mine coal bunkers was taken shortly after construction and the mine’s opening. All the buildings have...

A horizontal tunnel (seen on the far side of the river) extended 3,000 feet...

In the 1950s, the U.S. was engaged in a Cold War with the U.S.S.R. (now Russia), a state of political and military tension following...

Pacific Coast Coal Company

This week marks the 500th column for When Coal Was King. One company stands out of nearly a quarter of the photos which have...

Tacoma waterfront facility

This Tacoma waterfront facility was a distribution point for coal, mined and sold by the Pacific Coast Coal Company. The view of their depot...

Rogers No. 3 underground coal mine and preparation plant known as Mine #11

This photo was taken as part of the June 26, 1966 Sunday Pictoral Magazine spread highlighting operations of the Rogers No. 3 underground coal...

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...

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...

Snowy winter scene in the coal mining town of Burnett on December 19, 1924

This snowy winter scene in the coal mining town of Burnett on December 19, 1924 looked beautiful, but the mood of the townspeople was...

Corner of Griffin and Cole in downtown Enumclaw

This stately building standing on the corner of Griffin and Cole in downtown Enumclaw has recently been granted local landmark designation by King County....

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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