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Originally published in The Seattle Times, December 13, 1988

By Louis T. Corsaletti
Seattle Times Eastside bureau

One of the Newcastle coal-mine rescue teams in 1924 included, from left, B.F. Snook (the captain), George Hasku, Walter Clark, Joe Ansberger and George Munson.

One of the Newcastle coal-mine rescue teams in 1924 included, from left, B.F. Snook (the captain), George Hasku, Walter Clark, Joe Ansberger and George Munson.

It was an economic boom that lasted for more than 50 years—one that helped put Seattle and the Eastside on the map.

And it was a force that almost overnight turned this part of the Pacific Northwest into an ethnic melting pot.

Described in newspapers of the day, it was called “coal rush” and “coal fever.”

Coal. Black diamonds. Black gold. (more…)

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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Summer 2013

By Bill Kombol

The Coal Miners’ Honor Garden was dedicated during Black Diamond Miners’ Day, July 6. (Photo: Bob Dobson.)

The Coal Miners’ Honor Garden was dedicated during Black Diamond Miners’ Day, July 6. (Photo: Bob Dobson.)

My father was a coal miner. So were both grandfathers and three of my four great-grandfathers. As were a host of uncles, great uncles, and cousins. I was privileged to work at a coal mine, Rogers No. 3 in Ravensdale—the last underground coal mine in the state of Washington. One of the first books I can remember having read to me was Two Little Miners.

You might say I grew up in a coal mining culture.

My name is Bill Kombol and today I manage a company, Palmer Coking Coal Co., whose name stretches back 80 years to an era when coal was king.

It’s a phrase I adapted for a weekly column I write for the Voice of the Valley, a local newspaper.

When the historical society approached me to write about what the miners’ statue means to me, I was humbled. (more…)

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