Archive for February 19th, 2016

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, November 18, 2008

Franklin 1902

By Bill Kombol

This photo was taken at the entrance to the Franklin No. 1 coal mine at the town of Franklin on February 19, 1902.

The coal miner who is shown was called a “rope rider” as he would ride the coal cars pulled by a steel cable (the “rope”) into and out of the mine.

At the bottom of the mine the rope rider would couple the cable to the coal car and then ride the car to the outside portal (i.e. entrance) to the mine. There he would uncouple the loaded coal car so that it could be dumped into the surface preparation plant (the tipple) where the coal would be sorted to different sizes and processed. (more…)

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Pacosco dance best ever

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, February 22, 1922

By Glen Clancy

Pacific Coast Coal Co. Logo 1922On Saturday, February 11, the Pacosco Club entertained with a Masquerade Ball and I believe it would be appropriate to remark at this time that the affair was a real “Cannon Ball.”

The usual dances were had throughout the evening with the one exception—a square dance. One of the Seattle contingents, whose name I will not disclose, claims to have been the only one in step, but he surely was not the only one who got a kick out of this number. (more…)

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