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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 23, 2016

By Bill Kombol

Maple Valley’s third depot dates to 1953, shortly after it was built.

Maple Valley’s third depot dates to 1953, shortly after it was built.

Over the near century from 1885 to 1982, Maple Valley hosted three different railroad stations, all located in old Maple Valley just north of where Highway 18 overpasses SR-169. This photo of the third Maple Valley depot dates to 1953 shortly after it was built.

The Maple Valley station was an important cog for directing rail traffic as trains could be switched to Black Diamond, Taylor, or up the Cedar River through Landsburg into the watershed. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 26, 2016

By Bill Kombol

The old callboard of the C&PS can be seen slightly above the new board installed in the PCRR terminals at South Alaskan Way near Dearborn on the Seattle waterfront – just west of CenturyLink stadium.

The old callboard of the C&PS can be seen slightly above the new board installed in the PCRR terminals at South Alaskan Way near Dearborn on the Seattle waterfront – just west of CenturyLink stadium.

This is the second of a series, which details the workings of the Pacific Coast Railroad (PCRR) late in its corporate life. Founding as the Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad (C&PS), from the ashes of the Seattle & Walla Walla, PCRR was profiled in a 1948 Rotogravure magazine, which included this photo of the engine dispatcher’s board. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, February 16, 1983

By Herb Belanger
Times suburban reporter

An aerial view of the Black Diamond Museum, ca. 2005. The building was constructed in 1885-1886 as a train depot. Next to it is the only jail Black Diamond has ever had. (BDHS calendar series, 2009.)

An aerial view of the Black Diamond Museum, ca. 2005. The building was constructed in 1885-1886 as a train depot. Next to it is the only jail Black Diamond has ever had. (BDHS calendar series, 2009.)

Six buildings of historical value in King County may be in line for a $65,000 grant for restoration work.

The county Landmarks Commission recently made the recommendation; it needs an OK from the County Council.

The money would benefit the old former Snoqualmie Falls Electric Co. substation in Renton, $10,000; Company House 75 also in Renton, $6,500; the Bothell Historical Museum, $2,800; the Black Diamond railroad depot, $6,000; Hotel Skykomish in Skykomish, $25,000, and the Carnegie Library in Auburn, $15,000. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, January 19, 1983

By Herb Belanger
Times South bureau

In 1964, people were still waiting for the train in Lester. Now Burlington Northern wants to get rid of the old railroad station deep in the Cascade Mountains.

In 1964, people were still waiting for the train in Lester. Now Burlington Northern wants to get rid of the old railroad station deep in the Cascade Mountains.

Ever had a hankering to own a railroad station? This might be the time to pick one up cheap.

But there’s a slight catch. You’d have to move the two-story building from Lester, the isolated town southwest of Stampede Pass, deep in the Cascade Mountains.

The Lester train depot has got to go. That’s the word from its owner, Burlington Northern.

BN wants to demolish it, sell it or possibly give it away, according to Mike Cook, BN environmental engineer. In any case, the company wants the building off the railroad right-of-way, Cook told members of the King County Landmarks Commission last week. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, January 4, 1984

By Herb Belanger
Times suburban reporter

Issaquah’s train depot was built in 1889, and now holds a museum with exhibits that explore the industrial revolution, travel, communication, and the early economic development of the city.

Issaquah’s train depot was built in 1889, and now holds a museum with exhibits that explore the industrial revolution, travel, communication, and the early economic development of the city.

Railroad depots, important to transportation and commerce in many communities throughout King County for many years, have been given a new role in recent times.

Relegated to obscurity as deteriorating warehouses or unused buildings beside seldom-used railroad tracks, some of them are now gateways into the past.

Depots at Snoqualmie and Black Diamond already have been turned into museums and monuments to community history. Those in Issaquah and Lester could be given the same roles if individuals concerned about preserving them have their way. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 8, 1973

By Laura Lorenz

Burlington_Northern_LogoThe Burlington Northern is now in the process of removing about two-and-a-half miles of its track leading from the south side of Witte Road through to the southeast edge of Lake Wilderness. The track runs along a one-hundred-foot right-of-way, some of which skirts the lake’s edge. The trestle is also slated for removal.

The abandoned railroad bed is free of bisecting traffic. Both Highway 169 and 200th SE are bridged over the track. It would serve as an ideal recreation trail leading into the 108-acre King County Lake Wilderness Park. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 19, 1972

By Laura Lorenz

Close to 300 Maple Valley and Black Diamond citizens met April 13 at the Tahoma Junior High School to discuss this area’s land use zoning problems and to contribute their opinions on how the future updated code should be developed.

The orderly and highly interested gathering came up with the general feeling, “Let’s keep it like it is.” (more…)

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