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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 25, 1989

The First National Bank of Enumclaw is considering selling its Black Diamond branch building to the Black Diamond Community Center Board for a community center.

Dorothy Botts, secretary and treasurer for the 11-member community center board formed in 1979 by the city council, announced the proposition at the Black Diamond City Council’s regular meeting Thursday night.

“We’re really excited,” Botts said. “I talked to some of the seniors and they’re excited too.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 25, 1989

Fire Chief John Bukoskey provided the Black Diamond City Council with a blueprint peek at Fire District 17’s planned support fire station in the Lake Sawyer area at its regular council meeting Thursday.

The 3,700-square-foot support station, which will be built with a $500,000 bond issue voters approved in September, is scheduled for ground breaking in February and completion sometime in the fall.

The 22-man joint volunteer fire department—Black Diamond and King County District 17—covers an 18-square-mile radius and responds to the Black Diamond, Green River Gorge, Flaming Geyser, and Lake Sawyer areas. The planned low-maintenance, brick building will provide facilities for firefighters the current small station in Black Diamond cannot supply, like a classroom, kitchen, hose tower, and living space for a resident firefighter. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 23, 2007

By Barbara Nilson

The town of Fairfax, declared the “prettiest mining town around,” showing the turn-table at the extreme right above center. Mine buildings are in front and the school is on the left. Carbon River runs through the trees at the top or the photo. (Original copy from Mr. and Mrs. Tony Basselli.) Photo courtesy of Steve Meitzler, Heritage Quest Press, Orting, WA., publisher of the book, Carbon River Coal Country.

Riding the Northern Pacific Railroad to the upper end of the Carbon River Canyon or tooling along to Mount Rainier in a Model T, tourists would pass close to three mining towns: Melmont, Fairfax, and Montezuma.

First, beyond Carbonado, was Melmont, situated between the Carbon River and the NPR line. A bridge spanning the Carbon River ran between the company hotel and the saloon with the depot and school on the hillside above. On the left end of the bridge was the road connecting to Fairfax. This bridge was nearly a little beyond the high bridge which spans the canyon today. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 16, 1900

King County road supervisors held a well-attended and spirited convention in the library room at the court house yesterday afternoon. A permanent organization to be known as the Road Supervisors’ Association of King County was formed, and numerous speeches dealing with road matters were made. The principal suggestions referred to what is known as the trunk system of roads and broad wagon tires.

Superintendent of Streets Little, of the Seattle city government, called the convention to order, and gave way to temporary chairman W.J. Trimble, of Redmond. After W.E. Conway, A.J. Bossert, and C.H. Daniels, committee on rules and business, and James Clark, George Hummell, and David Gibbon, committee on permanent organization, had reported, the election of officers took place. (more…)

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Originally published in The News Tribune, January 16, 1995

Assessed property value climbing in remote areas

By Kevin Ebi
The News Tribune

Randy Hopper was transferred to his firm’s Tukwila office from San Diego, but he and his family have chosen to live in an Enumclaw subdivision to get away from the problems of city living. (Peter Haley/The News Tribune)

Last year, Randy Hopper received more than a promotion.

He got a new quality of life.

The promotion took his family from the bright lights of San Diego to the rural life of Enumclaw.

Hopper, who didn’t want his job or employer revealed, is part of a trend being seen in Enumclaw and other rural cities in the county. It’s a trend of growth.

Even though the King County real estate boom ended in 1990, areas such as Black Diamond, Carnation, Duvall, Enumclaw, and North Bend continue to grow in value. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 12, 1956

By H.J. Glover


Music their bond: Mrs. David Garrett Sr., who can’t reach the piano pedals anymore because both her legs have been amputated, sits in wheelchair and plays the piano for her husband, baritone. She has been Black Diamond church organist 54 years and her husband’s accompanist all of their married years. — H.J. Glover photo

ENUMCLAW, Jan. 12 — The curtain went up on this little true life drama about 54 years ago in Black Diamond, a coal mining town seven miles north of Enumclaw on the banks of the Green River.

The eyes of the part-time minister swept slowly over the little group of children and adults gathered in the frontier town’s only church building.

His eyes rested on Lillian Steiert, 12, who was wearing a starched gingham dress, her dark hair braided in tight pigtails.

‘Come up front’

“Lillian,” the minister asked, hopefully, “will you please come up to the front and play the organ for the singing?”

She has been doing it ever since. Well, not exactly, since she lost both her legs during the past 15 months.

When she was 18, she married David Garrett, 22, a Black Diamond grocery store clerk who was a native of Wales and a vocalist. Theirs has been a common and powerful bond: Music.

During her more than half century as organist of the church, Lillian has also been accompanist for her husband, a baritone soloist and member of a well-known mixed quartet familiar to music lovers in the Pacific Northwest. (more…)

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Originally published in The News Tribune, January 11, 1995

By Jami Leabow Farkas
The News Tribune

Dan Mathewson, a UPS Sigma Chi fraternity alum, donated creek-fed property that may eventually become a small park in the city of Black Diamond. — Scott Eklund/For The News Tribune

New York has Yankee Stadium, the House that Ruth Built. Thousands of miles away in Black Diamond, there’s a much smaller park with as big a nickname: the Park that Sigma Chi Built.

It’s one-third of an acre, to be exact, a grassy field in the process of being donated by the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Puget Sound.

The offer of the land was made by Dan Mathewson, the fraternity’s chapter adviser and a Seattle police officer who has lived in Black Diamond for five years. His house on Fifth Avenue is on three acres divided by a small creek.

“The creek runs through the middle of the property and bisects this one-third of an acre,” said Mathewson, 30, a graduate of Enumclaw High School and UPS. “It occurred to me one day that it would make a really nice little roadside park.” (more…)

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