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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 3, 2002

By Kathleen E. Kear

History hole: After a day of heavy rain a couple of weeks ago, a small spot of ground gave way across from the museum in Black Diamond. Under the small sinkhole, there was a room-sized cavern, from which numerous old bottles were pulled. The federal Office of Surface Mining was called in and an excavating crew was hired to investigate. (Photo by Kevin Hanson, Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 3, 2002)

History hole: After a day of heavy rain a couple of weeks ago, a small spot of ground gave way across from the museum in Black Diamond. Under the small sinkhole, there was a room-sized cavern, from which numerous old bottles were pulled. The federal Office of Surface Mining was called in and an excavating crew was hired to investigate.

What started out as a little sinkhole the size of an 8½ x 11 sheet of paper, on the grassy slope of the Black Diamond Eagles Lodge property by Baker Street and First Avenue, has now become a much larger void.

After detecting the hole on Wednesday, March 20, Black Diamond City officials quickly assessed that there could be more to this hole than just another little mole hole. As a result, the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining (OSM) out of Olympia was called in to investigate. (more…)

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