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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 Voice of the Valley, July 25, 2006

By Barbara Nilson

This historic photo shows the crowd waiting at the top of the shaft as the bodies are brought out after the Ravensdale mine explosion November 15, 1915, that killed 31 men. (Renton Historical Society collection).

The Homestead Act of 1863 and the completion of the Northern Pacific Railway from the East Coast in 1882 brought immigrants from Wales, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Slovenia, Austria, and Yugoslavia seeking land of their own. Many of them were miners in the “old country” and worked their way across the U.S., settling in the rich coal area of Ravensdale, just down the road from 4-Corners or Summit as it was formerly named.

Some sources say that Ravensdale was first developed as a lumber mill on the lake and called Sawmill Lake and Sawmill Town circa 1885. Records show that a prospector named William Peak discovered coal in the area around 1890. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 19, 2011

By Kathleen Kear

The Black Diamond Historical Depot Museum’s restored locomotive and caboose are on display in the background while in the foreground, the Coal Miners’ Honor Garden memorializes the men who died in Washington mines. (Photo by Robert Dobson.)

The Black Diamond Historical Depot Museum’s restored locomotive and caboose are on display in the background while in the foreground, the Coal Miners’ Honor Garden memorializes the men who died in Washington mines. (Photo by Robert Dobson.)

Working hard to provide their community with a first-rate museum that gives visitors a look into the past, Black Diamond Historical Society (BDHS) volunteer workers have been blessed in return over the years with a community of cooks ready, willing, and honored to provide sustenance to the workers in order for them to carry on with their weekly Thursday Crew work days. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, July 5, 1988

By Scott Peterson

Peter Johnston puts up a sign for Maple Valley Medical at Four Corners Square near Black Diamond. The Four Corners area may attract Black Diamond businesses wishing to escape business and occupation taxes.

Black Diamond — After 18 years of doing business in Black Diamond, Ken Shigaya closed his pharmacy last year on Third Street. He said he didn’t have a choice.

“It was a matter of survival,” he said.

Shigaya recently moved four miles away into a building in direct competition with a nearby Safeway pharmacy.

Despite the drawbacks, he is happy he moved to Four Corners, a growing business center north of Black Diamond in unincorporated King County, at the intersection of state highways 169 and 516.

“There is potential for growth here,” Shigaya says of Four Corners. “Business is dying on the vine in Black Diamond.”

Shigaya is not the only one to recognize the economic problems facing Black Diamond. Because other businesses are threatening to leave the town of 1,200, city leaders are thinking about cutting business and occupation taxes, starting their own chamber of commerce and forming a central business district. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, June 8, 1993

Gary Platt, who owns the Black Diamond Saloon, shown behind him, calls the planned road to funnel traffic off Washington 169 into downtown Black Diamond a positive step. Opponents of the project worry about increased traffic. (AP Laserphoto)

BLACK DIAMOND (AP) — This community in the shadow of Mount Rainier is at a crossroads, considering a “tourist loop” that would capitalize on its glory days as a booming turn-of-the-century coal town.

But the idea is anathema to some folks who like life just the way it is in this quiet community of 1,400 people just off Washington 169.

Downtown Black Diamond is a small cluster of nearly century-old buildings that hasn’t changed significantly in decades.

Tourists passing through, especially on weekends, may visit the Black Diamond Bakery, whose reputation goes beyond the city limits. And they may stroll down Baker Street and check out the town’s arts and crafts gallery, saloon, museum, and barber shop. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 7, 2005

During the news release of the landmark agreement concerning the Black Diamond Area Open Space Protection Agreement, Black Diamond Mayor Howard Botts celebrated the announcement with King County’s Executive Ron Sims; Council Chair Larry Phillips; Council member Carolyn Edmonds, also chair of the Natural Resources and Utilities Committee; President of the Cascade Land Conservancy Gene Duvenoy; Bob Jirsa, director of Corporate Affairs, Plum Creek Timber; Donna Brathovde, Friends of Rock Creek, and representatives of the Back Country Horsemen, and a number of mountain bikers rallied together by Black Diamond Bike and Backcountry which has helped place Black Diamond on the map of mountain biking destinations. Photo by Kathleen Kear (Voice of the Valley, June 14, 2005).

Conserving 4,500 acres of open space and forests while promoting smart growth within King County’s growing communities are the impetus for a model land deal unveiled this week for the environs of the City of Black Diamond. The deal is being driven with relatively little cash and more land swapping and transfer of rights.

The Black Diamond Open Space Agreement announced this week by King County Executive Ron Sims will protect 1,600 acres of forestland known as Ravensdale Ridge, conserve 15 miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails, trigger federal funds to protect an additional 2,000 acres of forestland, contain growth within the urban area, and complement it with more than 500 acres of open space and parks within the city. (more…)

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Originally published in the News Tribune, June 6, 1997

By Bart Ripp

This restaurant verifies its first name.

It is famous.

Famous Black Diamond Bakery & Restaurant has been famous in the cozy South King County mining town as a bakery since 1902 and as an eating destination since 1983, when Doug Weiding bought the place.

I cannot think of a Western Washington town so synonymous with a place to eat. Say Black Diamond, and you think of dynamite bread. (more…)

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Originally published in the News Journal, May 29, 1998

Building survey finds rich history lurking in old structures

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

Mike and Linda Deicher stand on the porch of one of Black Diamond’s refurbished historic buildings. The couple own the structure, which most recently housed an antique shop but was built as a post office in 1893 and was home to Koerner’s Drug & Confectionery store in the 1920s. (Joe Brockert/Journal)

BLACK DIAMOND — History spoke to Michael and Linda Deicher when they first saw the two-story building on Railroad Avenue in Black Diamond’s Old Town.

They liked the prominent false front facade of a turn-of-the-century commercial building and the covered porch that wrapped around two sides. Linda Deicher’s favorite architectural detail was the front wall of beveled glass windows that captures the light and frames a spectacular view of Mount Rainier. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 21, 1993

By J.C. Long
The Courier-Herald

The aroma of fresh-baked bread wafting from the Black Diamond Bakery has drawn many loaf lovers to the city and its surrounding areas.

Unfortunately, the bakery lies on the west side of town and can’t be seen from Highway 169. In the past, that’s been a problem for first-time visitors, but soon, even the olfactory impaired will have no problem finding the bakery or any other of the city’s landmark businesses. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 5, 1995

What the hell has happened to Black Diamond’s business district?

Last Saturday afternoon, my mother asked me to stop by the bakery for a loaf of date-nut bread but, owing to the new buildings and the crowd of big-city retirees and Yuppies, I could hardly find the place.

The two blocks of South Railroad Avenue were so congested with traffic and pedestrians it was difficult to find a parking place.

Of course, the Black Diamond bakery has attracted tourists ever since it opened early in the century, but there’s never been so many Seattle and Bellevue folks seeking a little country serenity—a goal that quickly evaporates in such a crowd. (more…)

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