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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 16, 2016

By Bill Kombol

This photo of the Maple Valley railway depot was taken in 1948 as viewed looking northbound along the Maple Valley highway (aka SR-169). The depot was also used as the dispatcher’s office.

It was the second railroad station in Maple Valley, replacing the first constructed in 1885, when the original rail line was built to access coal from the newly developed town of Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 19, 2016

By Bill Kombol

This January 20, 1948 photo shows a PCRR engine pulling loaded coal cars as they cross over the Cedar River near Maplewood Golf Course in Renton.

This January 20, 1948, photo shows a PCRR engine pulling loaded coal cars as they cross over the Cedar River near Maplewood Golf Course in Renton.

This column’s focus over the next several weeks will be the Pacific Coast Railroad (PCRR), previously known as the Columbia & Puget Sound (C&PS). Perhaps no other single venture was more important to the development of the Maple Valley–Black Diamond area than the railroad. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 9, 1897

Receiver C.J. Smith of the Oregon Improvement Company, has already started work on the task of broadening the Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad, for which he recently obtained authority from the Federal court.

Monday he let a contract for the materials to be used in the construction of the eighty coal and flat cars which will be built here. A force of men has already been set at work preparing the roadbed for the forthcoming change.

Three truss bridges will be practically rebuilt. That at Renton, another at Maple Valley, and a third east of Renton and known as No. 12 will be treated in this manner.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 31, 1923

While the miner digs the coal and the men at the bunkers see that it is properly prepared for shipment, there are some very important men mid-way between these two, without whom it would be almost impossible to keep the coal moving.

In the picture shown above the Bulletin presents three representatives of the men we refer to, namely: Harold Cooper, sprager; Ralph Walker, oiler; and Wm. Himes, motorman. The fact that each of them has just received the latest Bulletin is not the sole reason they are smiling, for in about five more minutes the whistle will blow, the signal for a dash to the “dry,” a shower and then everything will be ready for supper.


No plans for Fourth of July celebration

No definite plans for the celebration of the Fourth of July at any of the camps have yet been announced.

The magnitude of the celebration which is to be staged in Seattle, including the visit of President Harding, is expected to be such a drawing card that there is not much sentiment apparent in favor of a big inter-camp picnic. The matter of celebrating the day is now up to the camps and decision for a joint or individual celebration will shortly be made.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 24, 1923

Every mine has its firebosses, but Newcastle is willing to stack its supervisory force against that of any other mine in the world, confident of winning first honors anywhere. To back up their boasts they present herewith the photograph of a group taken recently, most of whom had just come off shift. From left to right they are:

A. Elmer Anderson, Dick Richards, Mine Foreman Chas. Lumley, John Eck, Joe Daler, Wm. Bowie, and W.E. Jones. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 17, 1921

Grand larceny charged against president of Black Diamond State Bank

Feeling running high

Warrant for the arrest of Thomas F. Fournier, 50, president of the State Bank of Black Diamond, on a charge of grand larceny, was issued by Justice of the Peace C.C. Dalton this morning on complaint of Claude T. Hay, state bank examiner.

The Black Diamond bank was closed last Friday when the bank examiner’s office was notified that Fournier had left it a week ago with only a girl in charge. Assets of the bank then were removed to Seattle and J.W. Harries of the bank examiner’s office now is in Black Diamond investigating the trouble.

Feeling among the miners in the town is said to be running high, according to Sheriff Matt Starwich. The miners, who have been on strike for several months, were dependent upon their scanty savings in the bank for support.

Bail for Fournier has been fixed at $10,000. Fournier is said to be a highly educated man, speaking five languages. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 11, 1888

Action of the miners without serious cause, and they are expected to resume work today

Knights of Labor seal

Knights of Labor seal

Three hundred fifty men are idle at Black Diamond, a strike having been ordered at that place by the local Assembly of the Knights of Labor. The trouble, as near as can be learned, is due to alleged injustice against one man. According to one of the miners who came to town yesterday morning, the circumstances were about as follows:

A miner named Finnegan came to Black Diamond some weeks ago and applied for work. The mine being supplied, Finnegan was put to work on the outside and allowed laborers’ wages, $2.50 per day. Afterwards he asked to be put into the mine, and he was put at rock work on Section Twelve. (more…)

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