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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 10, 2013

By Dennis Box

After years of planning and hard work the Black Diamond Coal Miners Memorial was unveiled Saturday during the city’s Miners Day celebration.

The honor garden memorial includes a 13-foot bronze statue sculpted by Ellensburg artist Paul Crites and a 28-foot granite wall, engraved with the names of miners who have died in mines throughout Washington state. Engraved bricks are at the base of the statue and wall. Surrounding the memorial and historical museum is a landscaped garden.

According to Black Diamond Historical Society President Keith Watson, the idea for the memorial began years ago, but started in earnest about two years ago when he and former Black Diamond Mayor Howard Botts, and their wives made a trip to Roslyn, Wash. They saw a Roslyn coal miners memorial and that was the inspiration. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, July 8, 2011

By TJ Martinell

Gomer Evans, Sr. spars with an opponent in a match held at the town’s baseball field. The referee is George Avers, who also played on the Black Diamond baseball team.

At the turn of the century in Black Diamond the sport of boxing was a popular form of entertainment.

As a coal mining town, where all of the men worked long hours performing manual labor, it was capable of producing more than a few big, muscular men who could knock someone out with a single punch.

“We were all tough little buggers,” said Jack Thompson, who grew up on Baker Street.

Carl Steiert said as a boy he’d be shining shoes in the barbershop when boxers would put on their trunks in the back end room and warm up. His recollections were published in the book Black Diamond: Mining the Memories. (more…)

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Originally published in The News Tribune, July 8, 1994

Contamination prompts city to chlorinate its drinking water until alternative found

By Lisa Kremer
The News Tribune

The Dinner House restaurant was using bottled water earlier this week after Black Diamond’s drinking water was found contaminated for the fourth time in two years. (Peter Haley/The News Tribune)

This week the Dinner House in Black Diamond served bottled water rather than water from the tap, and chefs boiled water before they cooked with it.

For the fourth time in two years, the state Department of Health found minor amounts of coliform bacteria in Black Diamond water July 1. Until Thursday, when chemists proclaimed the water coliform-free, the health department warned residents to boil their water.

Because of the contamination, the city will chlorinate its drinking water until it finds another alternative, said public works director Don Masoero. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, July 6, 2012

By TJ Martinell

Black Diamond miners ride the car down into the mine. The car was lowered by a cable from the surface. The car was designed to stop if the cable was severed to prevent it from crashing.

A typical “day at the office” for the 820 or so men who worked in Mine 11 in Black Diamond at the turn of the century involved darkness, potential disasters and long hours of hard work thousands of feet beneath the surface.

The morning shifts started at 7:30 a.m. Work shifts ranged from eight to 10 hours, six days a week.

As Miners Day—which is set for this weekend—approached Don Mason and Don Malgarini of the Black Diamond Historical Society reflected on what the average day was like for a coal miner.

“There wasn’t a lot of office jobs,” Mason said. “They worked their butts off.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 6, 1988

Relief for the Black Diamond police department didn’t ride into town on a white steed Friday afternoon, but came in a black and white Black Diamond police car and the form of 27-year-old Tom Hill.

Hill, a part-time Black Diamond officer for the past 2 ½ years, was hired June 27 to fill a vacancy created late last year when officer Gary Koutouvidis took a job with the Tukwila police department. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, July 6, 1911

Deputy Sheriff Luther Mills, who was one of 200 people sickened by lemonade that they drank at a dance at Black Diamond on Fourth of July night, returned to Seattle today with graphic details of the wholesale poisoning.

The two doctors, in Black Diamond, according to Mills, worked all night and the hotels and many of the houses were filled with the stricken.

“J. Pierpont” Morgan, vendor of lemonade and such, had cut a lot of lemons and thrown them into a galvanized tub in the morning. The acid worked on the zinc, and the resulting poison sank to the bottom of the tub. In the evening he gave the lemons left in the bottom of the tub to the baseball team to use at their dance. Water was poured in on top of the lemons and the misery began.

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 5, 1989

Chuck and Pattie Holtz have lived in Black Diamond most of their lives. They own a half-acre of land on Fifth Avenue and live in an older, remodeled home that used to be the Catholic church’s rectory.

Lately Pattie’s considered moving. She said the neighborhood isn’t what it used to be.

“I feel like I’m living in a mobile home park,” she said. (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 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 Voice of the Valley, July 3, 2007

By Kathleen Kear

Ivan Gingrich, left, shares a laugh with Bill VanRuff, Bob Schuler, Bill Woodcock, and Jeff Snelling in celebration of the completion of refurbishment of the Black Diamond gymnasium. Gingrich and Schuler, who work for Tahoma School District’s maintenance department, volunteered to refinish the gym floor on their own time. VanRuff, Woodcock, and Snelling are members of Maple Valley Rotary, which donated labor and money to refurbish the gym.

Kids in the City of Black Diamond were so excited about their gym’s reopening, which had been a work in progress since being moved from the Black Diamond Elementary School in 1992, that they hopped on their bikes and made their way to the gym long before the celebration was set to begin on Saturday, June 23. (more…)

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