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Maple Valley Historical Society, March 1987

Here’s where me and the railroad got together.

My brother went up to Maple Valley for some reason or other and saw this gang of railroad men working to save the track that was being washed out. Being nosy, he went up to the foreman and asked if they were hiring anybody and he said yes, and get anyone else you can.

He came home and got me and we started work filling gunny sacks with sand at 4:00 p.m. and didn’t stop til 4:00 p.m. the next day. The rain never let up and gunny sacks got hard to get because everyone else needed them too for the same reason we did. We wound up using sacks that had been filled with rock salt and the salt cut our hands making them very sore. We didn’t have the little bags they use nowadays but the 100-pound size which we about two-thirds filled. (more…)

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Black Diamond Museum

Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 11, 1991

By Jon Hahn, Seattle P-I columnist

There was a time when everyone out in Black Diamond was known by a nickname.

Those were simpler days, when a Frenchman known as “Flying Frog” transported hard-drinking coal miners and liquor at breakneck speeds in his Model T over the rough roads between Black Diamond and Ravensdale.

Emil “Flying Frog” Raisin is gone now. So is Edward “Catfish” Banchero, and hundreds of others born or raised in and around Black Diamond when coal was king and everyone had a nickname.

As recently as 10 years ago, Black Diamond was a self-contained “town out in the country” where Seattleites drove to buy fresh-baked bread from a little brick oven bakery. The tiny bakery has tripled production and now is attached to a busy delicatessen, and tour buses are fixtures along Railroad Avenue. More businesses are growing on the edges of town, and there’s talk of several subdivisions and hundreds more homes coming. (more…)

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