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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Summer 2012

By Bill Kombol

The Hanson family home on Lake Sawyer, built in 1926, remained in the family until 1998. This December 20, 1939, photo is courtesy King County Assessor Property Record Card collection, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch.

The Hanson family home on Lake Sawyer, built in 1926, remained in the family until 1998. This December 20, 1939, photo is courtesy King County Assessor Property Record Card collection, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch.

The first cabin on the lake was built by Carl Magnus Hanson, upon homesteading 160 acres for which a deed was received 7 years later.

The property encompassed an area that now stretches from the boat launch park, west to the Lake Sawyer Road, north to S.E. 288th Street, and then east to the site of the historic Hanson family home on the most prominent peninsula in the northwest quadrant of the lake. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 4, 1963

Lester today: To visit the town through the eyes of Craig Goodwin, check out his post, Lester revisited,” on the Black Diamond NOW blog. (Photo: Craig Goodwin)

Lester today: To visit the town through the eyes of Craig Goodwin, check out his post, “Lester revisited,” on the Black Diamond NOW blog.
(Photo: Craig Goodwin)

In a telephone conversation with a Courier-Herald reporter last Monday, Homer Parks, businessman and resident King County deputy sheriff at Lester, said that the residents of that isolated community in the Cascade Mountains approximately 30 miles northeast of Enumclaw “have just begun to fight.”

Parks referred to the possible condemnation proceedings of the City of Tacoma which seeks to acquire 1,400 acres of land on both banks of the Green River from the little hamlet of Lester to Tacoma’s headworks on the stream three miles east of Kanaskat.  (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, October 24, 1963

Crystal MountainThe new Crystal Mountain winter sports area is readying for its first full season of operation according to Melvin Borgersen, manager of Crystal Mountain, Inc., developers of the project. Although Crystal Mountain operated last winter it did so only on a limited basis due to the fact that the 1962-1963 season was used by the operators as a “shake down” period.

Borgersen reported this week that the state’s newest skiing facility, which is located approximately 38 miles northeast of Enumclaw in the Silver Creek region, has undergone vast changes during the summer and fall. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier, October 20, 1911

Selleck HotelThe Pacific States Lumber Company at Selleck has just completed a fine modern hotel, which is to be formally opened with a grand ball and oyster supper on Saturday evening, October 21, under the auspices of the Selleck Band.

For the convenience of people from Enumclaw and other points trains will leave Selleck after the ball at 12:30 and at 2:00 a.m.

A cordial invitation is extended to all, and a good number in attendance from Enumclaw would be most gratifying to the people of Selleck.

The new hotel is a modern, three-story structure, and would do credit to a town many times the size of Selleck.

It has a capacity of sixty rooms, and is finished in slash grain fir beautifully stained, the rooms being neatly furnished.

The building is steam heated throughout, and has toilets and shower-baths on the two lower floors.

The lobby is large and roomy, and the dining hall has a seating capacity of about two hundred and fifty.

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, September 12, 1962

The citizens of Cumberland several months ago leased the gymnasium of the Cumberland grade school which had been abandoned, and have converted the gym to a fire hall.

The citizens of Cumberland leased the gymnasium of the Cumberland grade school which had been abandoned, and have converted the gym to a fire hall.

The town of Cumberland, seven miles northeast of Enumclaw, will hold an open house marking the opening of its new fire hall next Sunday, September 15, according to Frank Pigott, one of the three commissioners for King County Fire District No 28.

Pigott who was named to the post on the three-member board made vacant by the recent death of Ira Baker, who was for fifteen years chief of the Angle Lake Fire Department before moving to the Veazie district near Enumclaw recently. (more…)

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The new Black Diamond Elementary School, September 1963

The “new” Black Diamond Elementary School, September 1963

Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, September 5, 1963

Black Diamond students are occupying a brand new elementary school building as they come back and settle down to books after the three months’ summer vacation.

Fred Pettersen, school principal said that he anticipates an enrollment of approximately 220 pupils this year as compared with slightly more than 200 last year.

The new building was begun in July 1962 and was completed in time for occupancy this year. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Herald, August 2, 1929

Pacific States Lumber Co. plant, Selleck, Washington. This elevated view of the large, sprawling facility was taken on October 4, 1926. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Public Library.

Pacific States Lumber Co. plant, Selleck, Washington. This elevated view of the large, sprawling facility was taken on October 4, 1926. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Public Library.

Fire of undetermined origin which threatened for a time to destroy the mill and entire town of Selleck was halted early Monday [July 29] morning after a stubborn fight made by firemen from the surrounding towns. The loss was estimated at approximately $350,000. (more…)

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