Originally published in the Valley Daily News, October 20, 1989
By Peggy Ziebarth
Valley Living Editor
Diane and Corey Olson, who edited the history, are shown near the Black Diamond Museum. (Staff photo by Duane Hamamura.)
Voices out of Black Diamond’s past tell the story of mine disasters, whispered scandals, sports shenanigans and colorful characters in Black Diamond: Mining the Memories.
Tales spun by the Welsh, Italian, Slavic and other settlers of the town—dependent on the mines for its lifeblood—weave a lively pattern of poignant portraits of hard life and high times in Black Diamond. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, October 19, 1922
Men who produce the coal—The day’s toil has been completed, the ball of yarn wound, and these men, a portion of the outfit who assist in keeping Newcastle at the top of the list as a coal producer, agreed to step out on the sunny side of the lamp house to be shot. Many of them, as you will note, smiled. They knew the camera was shooting phony bullets. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, October 17, 1921
The “results we all desire.” This part of the above caption is inserted advisedly for the reason that each and every one of us from the president clear down to the youngest employee should be absolutely a unit in our desire to see the right results obtained.
If from no other motive, our own desire, selfish if you so care to call it, of wishing to prosper individually, must make us realize that unless the company as a whole prospers, we individually cannot hope to do so. Now how can this end be best attained?
Certainly one of the chief factors in this direction is a perfect organization and I am going to outline briefly the organization in effect at this time in the Mining Department. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Issaquah Press, October 18, 1962
It is often surprising to stand in a familiar spot, looking around as you have many times before, and see things you never knew were there.
This happened to me one evening recently outside the east door of the high school, a place where I’ve stood many times before. There was still some daylight, everyone else was still inside the building, and I had a good chance to observe the whole southeast part of town from the top of “school house hill.” Many interesting things appear from up there which are typically part of Issaquah, and make up its character.
There is the yellow, wooden spire of St. Joseph’s Church, for instance, just visible above the trees. It was built there in 1896 on land donated by Peter McCloskey, and has been in constant use by the town’s Catholic congregation ever since. There were no trees around it then, because all the big timber had been cut off to make room for the vigorous new town and there hadn’t been time to grow new ones.
However, the forest was still thick a few blocks to the east and around the railroad trestle on the N.P. branch line to Snoqualmie. There wasn’t even a road out there in 1900, for the route to the easterly neighbor towns of Fall City and Snoqualmie was by way of Vaughn’s Hill. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, October 17, 1921
Thirty-four win mine rescue and first aid diplomas at Newcastle: Six of the successful candidates are shown in the picture.
Look ‘em over!
On the first page of the Bulletin today is a photograph of six of the miners who have qualified for certificates as members of the Mine Rescue Team at Newcastle.
Seven others won diplomas for the same team, but were at work in the mine when the photographer was there, and could not come out to have their pictures taken. So we’ll print their photographs sometime in the near future.
Twenty-one miners qualified for the First Aid team, and the Bulletin hopes to be able to show their pictures also as soon as the camera man can get around to it. Affairs are a trifle mixed just now, and if some of the news features are printed in fragments the editor hopes his readers will forgive him for it. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, October 17, 2006
By Barbara Nilson
Durham coal mine, August 1919 (Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries). This photo depicts the mine tipple and coal bunkers at the town of Durham in 1919, shortly before its acquisition by Morris Brothers Coal Mining Company Inc. The Durham Colliery Company sold the entire town to Morris Brothers in 1922. This photo was shot from a perch on a coal slag pile that still exists to this day, looking across the Kanaskat-Kangley Road and the railroad tracks visible in the lower foreground. (Photo from Bill Kombol’s collection, Palmer Coking Coal Company.)
There is nothing left of the mining town of Durham, once located in southeast King County near the town of Selleck, but it still exists in the minds of Valleyites who grew up there.
The Durham Colliery (English for coal mines and its buildings) was originally organized by Peter Kirk in 1886 to supply coal for the projected Kirkland steel mill. Durham was named for a town in Kirk’s native north England. Production was started in 1888 but coal was only mined until 1889. In 1910, the mines were started again and coal was produced throughout WWI. The mines and associated mining facilities, i.e. hotel, bunkers and company houses, were sold as one unit to the Morris brothers. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, October 17, 1963
An Enumclaw landmark built several years before the turn of the century is scheduled for demolition and replacement. E.W. Tice, Enumclaw agent for the Northern Pacific Railway, told the Courier-Herald this week that the company’s old depot located on east Griffin Avenue will be torn down shortly and replaced by a new 20 x 36 foot building. Continue Reading »
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