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Entire valley under water and the junction shut off from outside communication

Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, January 5, 1903

The Denny-Renton Clay Co.’s first factory was located at Van Asselt, located near today’s Boeing Field. It was named for Henry Van Asselt (pictured), one of the county’s first pioneers. To learn more about Henry Van Asselt, read this article from the <a href="http://sococulture.org/duwamish-pioneer-served-civil-war-militia/" target="_blank">South King County Cultural Coalition</a>.

The Denny-Renton Clay Co.’s first factory was located at Van Asselt, located near today’s Boeing Field. It was named for Henry Van Asselt, one of the county’s first pioneers. To learn more about Henry Van Asselt, read this article from the South King County Cultural Coalition.

BLACK RIVER, Monday, Jan. 5—The entire valley is practically under water. The river is higher than ever known before. Late last evening water raised until the Columbia & Puget Sound track was flooded and washed out for a quarter of a mile. Great damage was done the Northern Pacific double track between here and Argo. Two bridges and many culverts are gone and railway traffic is entirely suspended. There is a great loss of livestock reported. No human lives have been lost.

The river reached its height about midnight and is now falling. The highway between here and Orillia is impassible except by boat. The interurban railway is practically all gone between Kent and Van Asselt. (more…)

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