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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 25, 1922

New Pacific Coast Coal Co logo - 1927In the six working days ending with January 20, last, the latest period that could conveniently be included in this issue of the Bulletin, the coal production at our mines exceeded an average of 2,000 tons per day. The actual figure was 2,077 tons.

As this was the first time since the mines re-opened that the average daily hoist for a week reached 2,000 tons, the showing is encouraging proof that the company and its men are keeping up the steady climb toward normal production begun last August. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 15, 2008

Jack Morris, left and John H. Morris, center, examine a front shovel that is shown excavating the uncovered Franklin #12 coal seam. Pete Zavattero stands to the right.

Jack Morris, left and John H. Morris, center, examine a front shovel that is shown excavating the uncovered Franklin #12 coal seam. Pete Zavattero stands to the right.

By Bill Kombol

This photo shows operations of the Fulton surface coal mine on Franklin hill in May 1950.

The mine was located on a hillside above the Green River Gorge and above the old town of Franklin.

In the photo, Jack Morris, left and John H. Morris, center, examine a front shovel that is shown excavating the uncovered Franklin #12 coal seam. Pete Zavattero stands to the right.

At the completion of surface mining, the site eventually returned to a forested condition with maple, alder, cottonwood and some scattered conifer seeding this otherwise unreclaimed mine.

In the fall of 2007 the property was logged of the timber that had grown over the past 57 years, and in early March 2008, over 8,000 Douglas fir seedlings were planted.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 25, 1922

Pacific Coast Coal Co. Logo 1922We hear of idleness and want among union coal miners in many parts of the country. With whom does the responsibility rest?

The following article, reprinted from “The Black Diamond,” discusses the facts as the editor of that publication sees them, and his conclusion will interest every one seeking to find a solution of the problem. (more…)

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Originally published in the Eastside Journal, January 27, 2000

By Tim Larson

After visiting a massive sinkhole in Cougar Mountain Park, a federal expert will recommend the use of giant boulders to plug the dangerous chasm.

Ginger Kaldenbach, a scientist with the Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining in Denver, says the hole isn’t solid enough to pour concrete.

Roughly 60 feet long, 35 feet wide and about 40 feet deep, the kidney-shaped opening leads down to an angled mine shaft that may descend another 300 feet.

“We got close enough to see there is an opening into the mine workings,” Kaldenbach said. “We could see there was an old wooden bulkhead … that’s just rotted away and collapsed in.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May-June 1916

Revolving coal tipples used at the Cannon mine, Franklin, designed by R.R. Sterling, who appears in the center of the picture. These machines were built at the Seattle shops of the Pacific Coast Company.

Revolving coal tipples used at the Cannon mine, Franklin, designed by R.R. Sterling, who appears in the center of the picture. These machines were built at the Seattle shops of the Pacific Coast Company.

A method of dumping coal, as it comes from the mine, into the bunkers, that is the last word in efficiency, was conceived and developed by R.R. Sterling of the engineering staff of the Pacific Coast Company.

At the Cannon mine, Franklin, the largest machine for this purpose ever built, is used when the mine is operated. This device takes four loaded cars at a time and in one operation dumps them and returns them to the track. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 25, 1922

Frank R. Blackman, operator at the power plant at Cannon Mine [in Franklin] sends in this article:

Coal tar soap

Coal tar soap

Coke, illuminating gas, and tar are obtained by the distillation of ordinary coal. From the nitration of tar the famous T.N.T. is produced on one hand and the mild preservative of soda, on the other.

By far the most interesting of coal tar products, however, is the dye industry, which has assumed tremendous proportions in this country since the war, and which promises to rank as one of our leading industries in a comparatively short time. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 25, 1922

By Geo. Watkin Evans, consulting coal mining engineer, Seattle

Pacific Coast Coal Co. Logo 1922The articles written thus far describing the coal fields of the State of Washington have dealt with fields which, with the exception of the Bellingham coal mines in Whatcom County, do not contain coal mines of very great commercial importance.

King County, next in order of discussion, is one of the three important bituminous coal areas of the state, the other two being Pierce and Kittitas counties. King County contains coal areas of such importance that it will be advisable to divide them under subdivisions, as follows:

Newcastle–Issaquah–Grand Ridge area; Cedar River area; Raging River–Upper Cedar River area; Ravensdale–Black Diamond area; Pacosco–Hyde area; Kummer–Krain area; National–Navy area; Bayne–Pocahontas area; Durham–Kangley area.

By subdividing the field into the above groups, the geological structure of the fields and the types of coal contained in them can be handled to best advantage. (more…)

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