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Originally published in the Enumclaw Eagle, June 7, 1989

BLACK DIAMOND — Plans for the annual Black Diamond Labor Day celebration are on schedule, with a partial list of events that includes a soap-box derby, skateboard competitions, and the annual parade.

Committee spokeswoman Ann Steiert said other events scheduled for the three-day weekend include the search for royalty to reign over the festivities, a tug-o-war, volleyball and baseball games, kids’ sports, food and concession booths, bingo and a walkers’ contest.

The soap-box derby contest, although popular, is being revised due to last year’s small turnout, Steiert said. The allowable ages for competitors has been extended, with categories for 8- to 12-year-olds, 12- to 18-year-olds, and a new, 18-and-over category. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS Bugle, April 1992

Dan Palmer and his pup, Pal, will entertain April 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Maple Valley Community Center. (Photo by B. Nilson)

Dan Palmer and his pup, Pal, will entertain April 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Maple Valley Community Center. (Photo by B. Nilson)

The historical society is sponsoring an evening performance by a Black Diamond folk singer and musician, Dan Palmer, April 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Maple Valley Community Center.

This will be in lieu of the regular afternoon meeting the third Monday of April. “If it is successful, we’ll schedule more evening meetings as requested by some of our members,” said Barbara Nilson, president.

Palmer composes songs about the Northwest including “Washington Territory,” “Mount St. Helens,” and “Wagon Train” that he completed just days before he joined the wagon train that crossed the state for the Centennial in 1989.

His song “Black Diamond Mines” was written for that town’s 100th birthday celebration in 1986. The ballad is about Dooda Vernarelli, his neighbor, who told him about the significance of the whistles blowing in the mines.

There will also be sing-a-longs to popular old-time tunes, he said.

Admission to pay for the entertainment is $3 for the general public; $2 for historical society members; and $1 for children under 12.

Coffee and cookies will be provided by the historical society.

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Originally published in Valley Living, October 9, 1987

By Peggy Ziebarth
Valley Living Editor

Neely Mansion in Auburn is high on Palmer’s list of favorite local landmarks.

Neely Mansion in Auburn is high on Palmer’s list of favorite local landmarks.

“Every time an old house goes, a part of me goes with it,” says Dan Palmer, shuffling through a stack of photographs of historic landmarks scattered over the Valley.

“I can take it when nature takes them, but when it’s the bulldozers…,” Palmer’s voice softens in regret.

Palmer, a folk musician and craftsman by trade, really started getting serious about Valley history when he moved to Black Diamond. And as his interest grew, he started accumulating articles and books on the area’s roots and mounting his own collection of photographs of buildings still standing and the overgrown remnants of a boisterous coal mining past. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, August 31, 1988

You can listen to a bit of Black Diamond history at noon on Labor Day when Dan Palmer sings “Black Diamond Mines” at the ballpark.

The song, which the Black Diamond folk singer wrote in 1982 for the town’s centennial celebration, has five verses that tell of the early mining days in the area.

It talks of Morgan Morgans, who was the mining superintendent, 80-year-old old-time miner Dooda Vernarelli, the mining whistles, and the veins of deep, black coal.

“It’s one of my best tunes as far as audience response and recognition,” Palmer said.

Vernarelli was Palmer’s neighbor. Palmer said he and Vernarelli were talking about the song one day and Vernarelli said Palmer had to mention the mining whistles in the song. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, October 20, 1989

By Peggy Ziebarth
Valley Living Editor

Diane and Corey Olson, who edited the history, are shown near the Black Diamond Museum. (Staff photo by Duane Hamamura.)

Diane and Corey Olson, who edited the history, are shown near the Black Diamond Museum. (Staff photo by Duane Hamamura.)

Voices out of Black Diamond’s past tell the story of mine disasters, whispered scandals, sports shenanigans and colorful characters in Black Diamond: Mining the Memories.

Tales spun by the Welsh, Italian, Slavic and other settlers of the town—dependent on the mines for its lifeblood—weave a lively pattern of poignant portraits of hard life and high times in Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 12, 1989

Hobart, Maple Valley (stolen), Ravensdale, and Selleck.

Hobart, Maple Valley (stolen), Ravensdale, and Selleck.

Puget Sound Power and Light Company is in the process of presenting Washington Centennial historical plaques to the Maple Valley, Ravensdale, Selleck, and Hobart communities at dedication ceremonies at these locations.

Last Saturday, July 8, [1989,] local residents were to have taken part in the dedications scheduled in Maple Valley and Hobart.

This coming Saturday, July 15, [1989,] dedications are planned in Ravensdale at 10 a.m. and in Selleck at 11 a.m. (more…)

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Originally published in the Globe News, April 23, 1982

Ted Barner prepare a coal-mining exhibit at Black Diamond Depot.

Ted Barner prepare a coal-mining exhibit at Black Diamond Depot.

There’s a new, cavernous opening into the basement of the Black Diamond railroad depot. Narrow-gauge railroad tracks lead into a tunnel where wood posts and beams are backed by crudely split logs. In coming weeks, coal cars will be placed on the electric trolley line inside this replica of Black Diamond’s historic coal mines.

On the main floor of the red depot, floors are being sanded and repainted, a false ceiling has been removed and aluminum windows have been replaced with the original style wood frames.

Here and there amidst the construction are display cases with mining equipment, railroad paraphernalia and household miscellany of decades past. In one room is an ancient X-ray machine, one of the first used in the state of Washington. (more…)

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