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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, March 23, 2012

By Dennis Box

The Black Diamond City Council filled the empty seat in the front of the room.

At the council’s March 15 meeting the members appointed Carol Benson to fill Position No. 4 vacated by William Saas.

Benson will be sworn in prior to the March 26 special council meeting at 4 p.m. and the ceremonial swearing in will be April 5. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 20, 2007

By Barbara Nilson

Pacific Coast Coal Co. morning shift poses sitting on electric engines and empty coal cars outside the boarding house in Rainbow Town. The coal bunkers are in the background with the small hose-coal bunker to the right of the rear of the line of coal cars. A track straightener is in the foreground. — 1909 Asahel Curtis photo, courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma, and Bill Kombol, Palmer Coking Coal Co.

Milt Swanson is a historical treasure. He is a walking, talking encyclopedia with fascinating tales of his home town Newcastle/Coal Creek. He’s lived on the same piece of property for 84 years in a company house, on top of a mine shaft and next to the former company hotel and saloon. Across the street was Finn Town and the up the hill was Red Town.

He said when he was a kid, his pals and him named the various areas of the mining camp. The houses on the hill were red, so that was “Red Town”; closer to him the houses were white so naturally that was “White Town” and the area with all different colors was “Rainbow Village.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, March 18, 1926

Though the men who dig the coal seldom see it after it leaves the mine, they know that the product of their labor will go to warm the homes of many cities and towns. This picture shows one of the Ford delivery trucks of the Pacific Coast Coal Company from which is being delivered a load of Newcastle Lump. This truck is designed for quick and light deliveries and is able to haul its load anywhere that a car can be driven. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, March 15, 2006

By Shawn Skager
The Courier-Herald

The population of Black Diamond has seen little population growth the past five years. According to census statistics, the count has remained at a little more than 3,900 people since 2000, with minor variations.

That could change soon, with the purchase of 320 acres in the southeast corner of the city by Yarrow Bay Development Company.

According to Brian Ross, managing partner for Yarrow Bay, the company has reached an agreement with the Palmer Coking Coal Company to purchase the land, known as Lawson Hill. The details are expected to be finalized this summer. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 15, 2000

By Cecilia Nguyen

For years Black Diamond has struggled to develop a plan that would make the city economically self-sufficient while maintaining the small town character.

A strong local economy with a healthy tax base would provide Black Diamond the much-needed funds to improve its capital facilities.

Financial relief for the small, former mining town may soon be a reality. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, March 15, 1989

If all goes as planned, the citizens of Black Diamond and surrounding areas will able to walk and jog along a two-mile trail south of the city.

Eleven members of the city’s newly formed 23-member Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee and Planning Commission met Wednesday evening to discuss future parks and recreation options for Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 14, 1984

By Eulalia Tollefson

Hundreds of area citizens, in an eleventh hour move, rallied around Pacific Coast Coal Company last week in support of the proposed John Henry No. 1 mine.

The John Henry is a surface mining proposal that would allow for removal of about 1,100 tons of coal from the earth daily on 516 acres of Pacific Coast owned land in south King County.

It is bounded on the southeast by the Green River Gorge Road and by 270th Ave. S.E. on the east side. About 100 acres lie within incorporated Black Diamond city limits. The remainder is in adjacent King County. (more…)

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