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Originally published in The Seattle Times, September 3, 1961

(This is the third in a series of articles that will appear from time to time about the lost towns of King County.)

By Lucile McDonald

There’s not much left of the little mining community which was the center of a rip-roaring labor dispute

The company store at Franklin served as the center of community interest in a thriving little mining town that boasted 1,000 inhabitants. Steep wood stairways led from the store to the houses on various ledges above the deep Green River Gorge. Now, nothing remains, except a small, old, summer house.

The company store at Franklin served as the center of community interest in a thriving little mining town that boasted 1,000 inhabitants. Steep wood stairways led from the store to the houses on various ledges above the deep Green River Gorge. Now, nothing remains, except a small, old, summer house.

One of the most thoroughly “lost” towns in King County is Franklin, three miles east of Black Diamond.

You can drive through it, just before crossing the high bridge over Green River Gorge, and never know the place is on the map.

Several dwellings are strung out above the river between a trimly kept fenced cemetery and a tiny old summer house at the bridge. If you drive straight south along the stream instead of crossing the gorge, you’ll find that Franklin still has a working vestige of the industry on which its long-time prosperity was based. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 3, 1975

By D’Ann Pedee

Labor Day 1975The sun winked only now and then on Black Diamond’s Labor Day but the generally shabby weather was no match for the spirits of the silver anniversary participants.

Sunday’s soap box derby had 15 entries, spills, and excitement.

In the 8-10 year old division, Brad Koenen was checked by radar going down Lawson Hill—at a speedy 28 miles per hour with his brakes on—to take the first place trophy and a $50 prize. (more…)

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