Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Fall 2011
By Ken Jensen
You know you’ve reached Cumberland when you see this sign on the Veazie-Cumberland Road.
Take a drive from Black Diamond, up Lawson Hill and past Lake 12, past Franklin and over the one-lane bridge, past the Green River Gorge Resort and up toward the foothills to the southeast….
At last you arrive at the corner of SE 352nd Street and the Veazie-Cumberland Road. An old rusted Pepsi sign marks the spot that—if it were in better condition—would sure to be coveted by those guys from American Pickers.
Welcome to Cumberland. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, October 1, 1929
Sam Boxill and his blue ribbon sweet peas. Ten feet tall and still growing. Flowers act that way for Sam.
Every night is Saturday night in a mining camp.
If you don’t believe this just listen to the yells and splashes echoing from the washhouse when the men come off shift. And he who passes up the Dry two or three nights hand running becomes a “social outcast” as far as the rest of the bunch are concerned.
For instance, several years ago one of our men developed a boyish aversion for the bath. The balance of the crew made a council case out of it. They threatened to collectively administer the much-needed “shower” if the council didn’t act.
It acted and he took his shower regularly from then on.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Pier Morgan says we’re short on the unwashed but a trifle long on the ungodly. You can take the first part of his remarks literally. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Summer 2012
By Ken Jensen
This photo, taken in 1948, courtesy of Jack Sperry, shows his father, also Jack, driving a Zipper speedboat on Lake Sawyer.
Have you ever sat through one of those vacation slide shows with a friend or relative? You know what I’m talking about … the lights are down low and you’re desperately trying to keep your eyes open while feigning interest at the same time.
Well, this was not one of those times.
Keith Watson, Bob Dobson, and I were captivated when we met Jack Sperry at the museum to see his family’s photos of Lake Sawyer.
I couldn’t imagine a better way to view the evolution of the lake from logging camp to rustic resort cabins to an upscale bedroom community. And it didn’t hurt that Jack’s parents were pretty handy with a camera. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 23, 1981
By Diane Olson
Shown above is the old Black Diamond City Jail, built in 1910. The Black Diamond Historical Society recently restored it. – VOICE photo by Diane Olson.
Black Diamond’s jail house is open! It even has an inmate. In fact the inmate has resided there for nearly two weeks now, and hasn’t even had a hearing, according to Carl Steiert, chairman of the Black Diamond Historical Society.
“The dummy” was created by Ann Steiert as a finishing touch to the historical society’s restoration of the old city jail.
The project began in 1979, when Steiert and others contacted Mrs. Harp, who owned the property where the jail had been siting for at least 40 years and arranged to purchase it for $150. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Spring 2011
By Craig Goodwin
Lake Sawyer log dump, 1928. Courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, C. Kinsey No. 1684
While coal was king in Black Diamond’s early days, logging and sawmilling also played significant roles in the local economy. The Pacific Coast Coal Company built a mill in the 1920s, likely used for making mine timbers.
The largest operation here, however, was the Lake Sawyer Lumber Company owned by the Neukirchen brothers. It consisted of a sawmill facility located on the northeast corner of the lake and a log dump along the southwest shore near where the Sunrise Resort is currently located. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 14, 1994
By Bill Wallace
This home is one of 15 company houses of the former Pacific States Lumber Co. that comprise the Selleck historical district.
How about doubling your rent this month—just by paying the same old rent to two different landlords, a new one and the old one?
That’s what some residents of the town of Selleck are faced with. Rob Schaefer and several other investors have owned the town of Selleck, east of Ravensdale, for some decades. Now Norm Fishler has laid claim to the 50 to 60 acres there along with the two or three dozen homes on the land. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Auburn Globe-Reporter, July 10, 1925
City and nearby resorts get fine publicity
Big advertising sign on west highway
This is the immense signboard erected by the Auburn Commercial club on the west highway a quarter mile north of Gallagher’s corner. A second similar sign is now under construction south of this corner. Continue Reading »
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