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Archive for May 16th, 2019

Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 17, 1935

The Pacific Coast Coal Co.’s New Black Diamond Mine (aka, Indian Mine), which was located on the Maple Valley Highway, is shown here being dismantled in 1941.

Two hundred pounds of dynamite, 1,000 blasting caps, and 100 feet of fuse were stolen last night by two masked robbers who held up and bound Archie McDonald, night watchman at the New Black Diamond mine, six miles east of Renton, after threatening McDonald’s life.

O.K. Bodia, chief criminal deputy sheriff, began an intensive search for the robbers, fearing the dynamite may be made into bombs or used to blast safes.

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