Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 3, 1946
MINING CENTER – Here is Black Diamond, supported almost exclusively for more than a half century by the extensive coal deposits in its environs. (more…)
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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Spring 2013
By Frank Hammock
In and around our community, several restaurants that reside in historic buildings have stood the test of time and rouse an interest in our area’s colorful past.
Many businesses have come and gone, but the buildings remain and continue to warm the hearts of those in search of a pinch of nostalgia with a dash of modern charm. (more…)
Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 4, 1963
The mass meeting which was held in the Cumberland schoolhouse last Thursday night, and which was called for the purpose of finding ways and means of giving the town adequate fire protection, was well attended and gave promise of having its objectives attained in the very near future, according to a spokesman for the citizens.
For the past several years Cumberland has been an “orphan” in that during that time the area has been “out of bounds” for the three rural fire districts that encompass it. The three districts are Enumclaw, Black Diamond, and Palmer-Selleck. (more…)
By Marshall Wilson
Originally published in The Seattle Times, March 19, 1959
A young mother’s concern for her two children, living in a world filled with international crises, was the spark that has led to King County’s first radiation-fall-out shelter near Black Diamond.
Mrs. Ronald Frazier, reception-area manager for the Black Diamond area, recalls that some world crisis was being discussed about a year ago and she wrote to Edward H. Connor, Seattle–King County civil-defense director, for instructions on how to build a home shelter. (more…)
Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, February 8, 1989
Residents of Cumberland were among the hardest hit by last week’s storm. Fallen trees knocked out power lines and most of the small town was without power and water for more than a day, said assistant fire chief Neil Utterwegner.
Power went out about 6:30 Thursday night and wasn’t restored until midnight Friday, Utterwegner said. With no power, the city’s water tank couldn’t fill and went dry early Friday morning.
Utterwegner said the town, eight miles north of Enumclaw, was more prepared for a storm after learning some things from its experience in 1983.
“I think everything we’ve done reflects back to then.” he said. “We’re kind of getting to where we know what to do.” (more…)
Originally published in the News Journal, August 1, 1986
By Barbara Clements, staff reporter
At 90, Agneta Slott’s hazel eyes are clear and her wit sharp as she recalls her girlhood days in Franklin, once a thriving mining town.
“I went up there many years ago after the town had been closed down,” she said. “It was hard to believe anything has once been there. Now you can only get there by hiking in, and I’m a little too old for that.”
Blackberries and alders now cover the site of the coal-mining community Slott knew as a girl. But memories of the miners and their families who once worked at the town are alive in Slott’s mind. Slott’s father, J.C. Jensen came to Franklin in 1893, after an Enumclaw lumber mill where he worked went belly up.
The Jensen family came to the U.S. from Denmark in 1890 and finally settled in Enumclaw after sojourns in Tacoma and Franklin. (more…)
Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 11, 1973
The Voice’s correspondent from Cumberland, in the foothills southeast of the Valley, tells us that residents there, mainly the elderly, are uptight these days.
It seems there is no longer a U.S. post office in Cumberland, the mail now being delivered via carrier from Enumclaw.
The highlight in the day for many Cumberland residents, the correspondent relates, was the daily trip to the post office and store.
The Voice staffer receiving the message could only commiserate and promise to pass the news along.