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Originally published in the BDHS Bulletin, Summer 2015

By William Kombol

Cover photo of Franklin Hot Springs by R. Curnow, circa 1984 cropped from the cover page of “Everyone’s Guide to Hot Springs of Western Washington: A complete guide to over 250 Hot Springs and Soda Pop Springs” by Jesse W. Love, copyright 1985 by Jesse W. Love, published by Kaleidoscope Publications, Inc. Bellevue, WA 98005.

Cover photo of Franklin Hot Springs by R. Curnow, circa 1984, cropped from the cover page of “Everyone’s Guide to Hot Springs of Western Washington: A complete guide to over 250 Hot Springs and Soda Pop Springs,” by Jesse W. Love, copyright 1985 by Jesse W. Love, published by Kaleidoscope Publications, Inc. Bellevue, WA 98005.

The Franklin #12 underground coal mine began operations in the mid-1950s. It operated on the Franklin No. 12 coal seam, sometimes known as the Fulton seam. There are seventeen coal seams in the Franklin series, the most famous of which was the No. 14, better known as the McKay. Another heavily mined seam was the No. 14 known as the Gem.

Most of the mining at Franklin was done on the Black Diamond west side of the Green River. However, the eastern extension of the Franklin #12 mine was accessed from a log bridge across the Green River then driven southeast all the way under the Enumclaw-Franklin Road, a total of about 4,000 feet. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 9, 1977

By George and Dianne Wilson

Black Diamond’s Eric Harman builds hand-made, laminated canoes in his small garage. He is now working on two seven-foot canoes which will be used as rental units on Lake Union this summer.

Black Diamond’s Eric Harman builds hand-made, laminated canoes in his small garage. He is now working on two seven-foot canoes which will be used as rental units on Lake Union this summer.

Eric Harman is a creative and talented young man. He also possesses an usual skill, that of building hand-made laminated canoes.

Working in his small garage in Black Diamond, Harmon produces canoes of great beauty. (more…)

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