Archive for November, 2015

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, November 29, 1972

New Drive-In 1972Central Maple Valley is getting a new business: a drive-in restaurant. The structure is going up now at the Lake Wilderness Shopping Center.

Co-operators Arthur McDermott and Carl Pederson are striving for a March 1st opening date. The regular take-out food will be the menu says Pederson. (more…)

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By Frank Lynch

Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, ca. 1950 (unknown)

rToday we are going to tell you of a rip-roaring old mining town, or rather, what is left of it.

One of two with identical names, and in their heyday and later, similar histories.

The jaded and weary of two cities sought them out; light laughter rang on the streets, and clink of glass and rattle of poker chip floated from open doorway. There were the times a sharp revolver shot, or two, or three, split the night air; a citizen settling a dispute in his own, and the Western way.

One Georgetown was to become to Seattle what the other is to the mining town of Ravensdale, a peaceful suburb. (more…)

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By Michael Brathovde

Transcript from the ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the November 16, 1915 Ravensdale mine explosion—November 16, 2015, 11 a.m., at Ravensdale Park

Michael Brathovde

Michael Brathovde, with help from his wife, Donna, logged more than 2,000 hours of volunteer research on the town of Ravensdale.

I’d like to take you back 100 years, to November 16th, 1915. That Tuesday morning dawned cold and drizzly—a typical mid-November day.

The miner families living in the company houses of Ravensdale and the private homes in Georgetown awoke to an expectation of another typical day.

Wives cooked breakfast and packed lunch for their miner husbands, and readied their children for school. Single miners living in the huge company bunkhouse in the business district of town just south of the railroad tracks, crossed the street to the company mess hall for their breakfast and to pick up their lunches. And approximately 150 miners trekked up the trail behind town, under the coal processing plant that dominated the business district, and up to the mine entrance, where they climbed aboard man-cars and the hoisting engineer lowered them down into the Ravensdale No. 1 Mine. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, November 7, 1921

A glimpse of beauty not far from our mine at Pacosco [Franklin].

A glimpse of beauty not far from our mine at Pacosco [Franklin].

A man should know something about the country he works in if he is to like it—or, for that matter, be loyal to it, either. I know of no country that is more deserving both of loyalty and affection than that in which the new employees of the Pacific Coast Coal Company are working. I think even the former employees will admit that. (more…)

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