Archive for February 2nd, 2016

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 3, 2008

TopworksBy Bill Kombol

This is a view of the newly installed overhead track, bunkers, and topworks of the Franklin No. 1 coal mine in Franklin, Washington, circa 1902.

The small figures in lower left corner are two men walking along the tracks of the Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad.

In the early days of coal mining it was important to bring the coal out of the mine and get it to a sufficient height so as to allow gravity to be an important tool in the subsequent processing of the coal.

This tipple, as it was called, allowed coal to be brought out of the mine in coal cars to the top of the bunkers. There, the coal would be dumped into picking tables and vibrating screens which sorted the coal into different sizes for market. Then the sorted coal would be gravity conveyed to hoppers for temporary storage before being loaded onto the open gondola rail cars of the day.

The No. 1 mine operated on the Fulton coal seam as well as several others, and was one of the most productive coal mines in Franklin. Most of the coal from the Franklin mines of the late 1890s and early 1900s would have traveled the tracks of the Columbia & Puget Sound through Black Diamond, Maple Valley, and Renton on the way to coal markets in Seattle.

Photo by Curtis & Romans – negative number 1052, courtesy of Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, February 1, 1922

By Harry J. Scott

boxing glovesWas Friday, Jan. 13, an unlucky date? Not in the opinion of the large number of fans who attended the last athletic meet and smoker, held on that date at New Diamond.

It was one of the best exhibitions thus far staged under the auspices of the new club. It was an agreeable surprise to note the large number of ladies among the spectators, this proving the clean and sportsmanlike manner in which these affairs are handled.

The only knock-out of the evening came before the bouts started and this was undoubtedly due to smoke, which was conspicuous by its absence when the lady spectators arrived. (more…)

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