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Originally published in Northwest Real Estate Showcase, August 1, 1992

By Sharron Lamb

Welcome to historic Black Diamond … Village with a view.

So reads the sign greeting southbound travelers on Highway 169—better known as the Maple Valley Highway. On a clear day, drivers might miss the sign because of the distraction of Mount Rainier, but the world-famous Black Diamond Bakery guarantees that the town will not just be a drive-through on the way to the King County Fair or Crystal Mountain.

Most of the 1,500 residents of the old mining town live here because it’s quiet and peaceful. Some probably hope no one is reading the paper today. There are mixed feelings about this “diamond in the rough” as it is being discovered, and about to be “polished.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 29, 1926

Those who participate in the second annual Pacific Coast Coal Company picnic at Carbonado next Saturday, July 31, will enter the grounds through the portal shown in the above photograph. The park, named in honor of Vice-President N.D. Moore, will be dedicated on this occasion. As is stated in the inscription over the entrance, the park is “for the pleasure of the employees and their families.” A shady grove provides space for picnic tables and stoves, while within a short distance is the baseball diamond with its new grandstand and bleachers. (more…)

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Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, June 2020

By Bill Kombol

Frank Manowski operating the drum hoist, January 1973.

There are a number of old coal slag piles in and around Black Diamond and Franklin. Most are covered with trees or blackberries. To the novice they appear to be just another hill. The largest is over a million cubic yards and rises 100-feet above the surrounding landscape. It’s located west of State Route 169 behind Palmer Coking Coal’s mine office.

This is the story of that mountain and the man most instrumental in building it. His name was Frank Manowski. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, July 22, 2011

By TJ Martinell

The Black Diamond baseball team, circa 1915. Behind the squad is the grandstand filled with enthusiastic spectators as the sport was a passion for many in town.

The Black Diamond baseball team, circa 1915. Behind the squad is the grandstand filled with enthusiastic spectators as the sport was a passion for many in town.

Compared to the other sports in Black Diamond, baseball truly was in a league of its own.

It was America’s pastime, but for the town, it was a matter of pride.

Black Diamond was a part of the Valley League, which included towns such as Franklin, Renton, Kent, Auburn, Sumner, and Issaquah. (more…)

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Angry residents along proposed route say they weren’t consulted

Originally published in the Valley Daily News, July 8, 1992

By Cheryl Murfin
Valley Daily News

Terrie Honeysett says the Green River Trail, which would run on the ridge behind her, would cause long-term damage to her property. Valley Daily News photo by Duane Hamamura

AUBURN — King County plans to build a Green River Trail across her property, but Terrie Honeysett says “they might as well put it through my living room.”

Honeysett and 30 other residents live on an 8.5-mile stretch of river between the east end of Flaming Geyser State Park and Auburn Narrows near the mouth of Soos Creek. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, July 5, 1911

Five may die, more than three score ill from effects of ptomaine taken in lemonade at Black Diamond

Merrymaking ends in ambulance ride

AUBURN, Wednesday, July 5 — Seventy persons are seriously ill, five of whom may not recover, from ptomaine poisoning swallowed with lemonade yesterday during a picnic at Black Diamond.

Miss Deva Stoliker, Miss Carm Russell, and Miss Grace Brown, all of Auburn, are dangerously ill. They were brought to this city after the picnic and local physicians say they have about an even chance for recovery.

Two other women of Black Diamond, whose names could not be learned, are in critical condition. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, July 4, 1955

Engineer dies in rail crash

One trainman was killed, and four others were injured in a collision of two Northern Pacific Railway freight trains about 11:15 o’clock this forenoon in Renton.

The dead man was identified tentatively by coroner’s deputies as W.C. Armstrong, Auburn, engineer. Armstrong and another trainman were trapped in the cab of a steam engine. The second man’s identity was not learned immediately. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, June 16, 1989

By Paul E. McKelvey
Staff reporter

Rock Creek shows pollution downstream from Black Diamond Sewage Treatment Plant. (Staff photo by Duncan Livingston.)

Lake Sawyer needs a pipeline to divert pollutants and preserve its aesthetic appeal, state Department of Ecology officials said Wednesday at a meeting of residents living on or near the lake.

A pipeline from the city of Black Diamond’s sewage treatment plant at Rock Creek to Metro’s regional disposal system would channel algae-producing phosphorus away from the lake, Joe Williams, ecology department funding manager, told about 60 members of the Lake Sawyer Community Club.

“My sense is that things are coming to a point,” Williams said. “The way to go is to Metro.” (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 15, 1911

Quarterly apportionment made to various districts of King County

M.E. Durham, deputy county superintendent, yesterday completed the last quarterly apportionment to the various school districts of the county. The total amount distributed was $580,572.55, of which $314,662.19 was from the state fund and $265,909.86 from the county fund. The apportionment was 7.6 cents per day’s attendance and $75 per teacher employed.

Those districts receiving more than $1,200 were: Seattle, $46,394; Renton, $9,160; Kent, $8,327; Auburn, $7,935; Foster, $4,740; Enumclaw, $4,175; Black Diamond, $4,035; Bothell, $3,918; Oak Lake, $3,805; Issaquah, $3,124; Ravensdale, $2,084; Richmond, $1,989; Kennydale, $1,833; Bellevue, $1,779; Kirkland, $1,700; Newcastle, $1,676; Redmond, $1,601; North Bend, $1,518; Des Moines, $1,520; Fall City, $1,337; Pacific, $1,218.

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, June 14, 1989

Black Diamond’s Community Center Board voted unanimously Thursday to accept the First National Bank of Enumclaw’s offer of $285,000 for its abandoned bank building in Black Diamond. The center board plans to remodel the building for use as a senior and youth center.

The bank is selling the building for $40,000 less than the appraisal and will not rent space for a banking facility within the structure. (more…)

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