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Archive for January 26th, 2017

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 28, 2014

By Bill Kombol

Mine No. 7 opened in 1893 and produced coal until 1907. It was later reopened during World War II, closing for good in 1946.

Mine No. 7 opened in 1893 and produced coal until 1907. It was later reopened during World War II, closing for good in 1946.

This impressive photo shows Franklin mine No. 7 on February 19, 1902. The mine was located on the north slope of Franklin Hill, about one mile from the main town of Franklin.

It was served by the Bruce Branch of the Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad, which paralleled the Green River Gorge Road and ended just south of Lake Twelve.

The mine opened in 1893. It was sunk 3,185 feet along a slope with a 30° pitch, with coal extracted from eight underground levels. It reached a depth of 1,046 feet, or about 150 feet below sea level.

The mine produced coal until 1907 when it was shut down and the rails taken up. During the early years of World War II, the mine was re-opened by Pacific Coast Coal Co. and later operated by the Strain Coal Co. The mine was permanently closed by Pacific Coast Coal on August 1, 1946.

This Curtis and Romans photo, number 1050, comes courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society in Tacoma.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 26, 1977

Maple Valley’s historic community hall (above) could receive a face lifting in the near future if present plans being worked out by a Community Club Task Force and officers of the Greater Maple Valley Community Center bear fruit.

Maple Valley’s historic community hall (above) could receive a face lifting in the near future if present plans being worked out by a Community Club Task Force and officers of the Greater Maple Valley Community Center bear fruit.

The perennial question of where to build a community center in Maple Valley has returned to plague everyone concerned now that the main problem of funding has apparently been solved. (more…)

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