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Originally published in The Coast, May 1905

TheCoastFamed throughout the world is the coal of the Black Diamond and Franklin mines, which are located in King County, Washington, and owned and operated by the Pacific Coast Company, of Seattle.

Two towns are here established—Black Diamond and Franklin—the first having a population of about 700 and the latter 300. The land upon which these places are situated is owned by the company and the improvements and advancement made are due to the operations in mining and shipping coal.

These two towns are situated southeast of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascades and near them runs the beautiful Green River. The scenery is mountainous with heavy timber covering the slopes and valleys.

The climate is of the mild Puget Sound character, chilled alone by the cooler breezes due to the altitude. The Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad maintain a daily passenger and express service between here and Seattle, which line is operated by the Pacific Coast Company. (more…)

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