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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 10, 1979

By George and Dianne Wilson

Bob Kuster, above, is one of six skilled technicians who work very hard to see that the miles of wires and maze of equipment at the central office operate properly for Black Diamond telephone customers. (Voice photo by George Wilson)

Bob Kuster, above, is one of six skilled technicians who work very hard to see that the miles of wires and maze of equipment at the central office operate properly for Black Diamond telephone customers. (Voice photo by George Wilson)

Telephone service may not be as popular a conversational topic as the weather, but when there is a problem with the phone, you can count on hearing about it.

A group of six central office technicians work very hard to see that Black Diamond phone users don’t have trouble. The group serves Black Diamond, Maple Valley, Enumclaw, Buckley, Crystal Mountain, and Lester.

Dave Smith, Erwin Haussler, Frank Wise, George Williams, Owen Bing, and Bob Kuster with Ken Mead, foreman, all do their best to provide good phone service for users in this large area.

Bob Kuster recently took these reporters on a tour of the Pacific Northwest Bell telephone office in Black Diamond, describing the equipment and mechanics involved each time someone picks up their phone. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 12, 1970

By Richard F. Simmons

cemetery_2012BLACK DIAMOND — Ben Krauer dumped another shovel full of dirt beside the grave he was digging and then paused a moment to rest.

Down the hill from the little sloping cemetery a one-eyed mongrel dog squeezed under a barbed-wire fence and wandered up the hill sniffing the air. Ben scratched him behind the ear and the dog thanked him with a wag of his tail. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, October 24, 1963

Crystal MountainThe new Crystal Mountain winter sports area is readying for its first full season of operation according to Melvin Borgersen, manager of Crystal Mountain, Inc., developers of the project. Although Crystal Mountain operated last winter it did so only on a limited basis due to the fact that the 1962-1963 season was used by the operators as a “shake down” period.

Borgersen reported this week that the state’s newest skiing facility, which is located approximately 38 miles northeast of Enumclaw in the Silver Creek region, has undergone vast changes during the summer and fall. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-intelligencer, July 3, 1977

By Judi Hunt

Black Diamond BakeryBlack Diamond is a “never on Monday or Tuesday” kind of town. Those are the days that the former mining community’s main attractions—the bakery, cheese and sausage shop, art gallery and potter-in-residence—are closed.

There’s more to Black Diamond than those favorites of out-of-towners, of course. Two of the town’s three taverns seem to do as lively a business at the beginning of the week as at the end.

And so do the drug, liquor and grocery stores in the small shopping center on the Maple Valley Highway which links this sleepy little haven to the rest of south King County.

But what brings the visitors to Black Diamond—southeast of Renton and east of Auburn—is bread.

Not just any kind of bread, but the very special variety that tantalizes all the senses and which apparently can only be made in a wood-fired brick oven like the one at the Black Diamond Bakery. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, March 14, 1971

By Byron Johnsrud

This is another in the continuing series on communities in and around the Seattle area. Byron Johnsrud and Walt Woodward alternate as authors.

Evan Thomas and his Welsh heirlooms

Evan Thomas and his Welsh heirlooms

THE LATE Erie Stanley Gardner might have titled it “The Case of the Lively Ghost Town.”

Certainly any town that boasts only two industries, and one of them a bakery, might be suspected of a galloping case of civic senility.

Not so Black Diamond, the little South King County hamlet that certainly must be one of the few incorporated entities anywhere without a single stop-and-go light to stay the tourist hurrying to scenes of livelier action.

Black Diamond has only one “tourist trap,” the second of the two aforementioned industries. It is known afar and favorably as The Bakery. It has to be listed as an “industry” because it lures in money from the greater “outside.”

Man cannot live by bread alone but it might be fun to try it on the crunchy homemade loaves turned out by The Bakery in its massive, 68-year-old, wood-fired brick oven which burns 40 cords of wood a year browning those crunchy crusts to a fine turn. (more…)

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This photo was taken from atop one of the John Henry spoil piles near the Black Diamond-Ravensdale Road.

Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, May 1994

By Ann Steiert

Those of us living in Western Washington, especially in King and Pierce County, are especially blessed by having Mount Rainier in our area of vision. Those of us in Black Diamond have a special view from almost anywhere you may be in town. Our home has an 8-foot kitchen window which faces the mountain and gives us a constant changing picture. This is true of other homes in the area.

We wonder what the early settlers thought as they came here and made their homes. There are few areas where a beautiful mountain presides over the landscape in such a great way. The mountain and the surrounding park offers much in the way of recreation such as hikes, skiing, camping, and just plain taking a good look at a beautiful area. (more…)

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