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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, April 11, 1915

Union workers of state regard as climax of depression suspension of operations in Franklin property

By C.J. Stratton

Long-continued depression in Washington’s coal mining industry and consequent precarious employment for the union miners of the state reached what the mine workers regard as a climax last week when the famous Franklin mine, one of the oldest and largest in King County, was shut down, possibly never to reopen.

The increasing use of California oil as fuel by steamships and power plants and the growing use of gas as a domestic fuel, combined with increasing operating expenses, due to the depth of the workings, are said to have been the principal causes of the shutdown. (more…)

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