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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, January 15, 1906

Milwaukee practically forced to take Snoqualmie Pass and preparatory measures are all along that line

Three-mile tunnel from point near head of Lake Keechelus would insure a maximum grade of about 1 percent

Extensive coal fields reaching from Renton to Roslyn with gap at the summit, strong point in favor

Northern Pacific engineers laying out and building the Yakima & Valley Railroad have practically blocked the Milwaukee out of Naches Pass and forced the selection of the Snoqualmie gateway to the Sound. Coast officials of the new transcontinental line are making all their preparations for the use of Snoqualmie Pass and only a showing of impossibility in grades or some new advantage in Naches Pass will change the present plan.

As Milwaukee officials have now marked out the route for that line across this state, the road will connect either inside or just outside the city limits with the Columbia & Puget Sound following that road up through the Cedar River Valley and across to Rattlesnake Prairie up to that point the company will gain a maximum grade of 8/10 of one percent. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 12, 1934

Payroll statement is clue that leads to recovery of loot and arrest of 3 Wednesday

Jack’s Place, ca. 1940, was located near the Green River Gorge Resort on the east side of the river.

Jack’s Place, ca. 1940, was located near the Green River Gorge Resort on the east side of the river.

A Pacific Coast Coal Company payroll statement, picked up near the service station operated by George Tethaway, at Green River Gorge proved the “clue” that led to the arrest late Wednesday afternoon of G.M. Smith, Chester Justice, and Glen Braemer, Black Diamond mine workers, and the lodging of the trio in the King County jail, awaiting probable charges of burglary.

The arrests were made by Deputy Sheriff Tom Smith of Enumclaw, Highway Patrolman Bill Ross of Buckley, and Deputy Sheriffs Allingham and Sears, of Seattle—less than twenty-four hours after Tethaway and Jack Rudgers had reported to Enumclaw police the burglary of their respective service stations at Green River Gorge. (more…)

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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 Voice of the Valley, December 14, 1977

By R. Dianne Wilson

Here part of the crew at “The Black Diamond” greets customers through window artwork created by Mary Collier. – Bob Gerbing photo.

Here part of the crew at “The Black Diamond” greets customers through window artwork created by Mary Collier. – Bob Gerbing photo.

That Christmas is coming to Black Diamond was very much evidenced by a visit, last week, to the city’s branch of the First National Bank of Enumclaw. Windows were painted, wreaths adorned the walls, and the bank staff was busily trimming the Christmas tree with decorations made by each of the classes at Black Diamond Elementary School. There were even a few “ho, ho, ho’s.”

The festivities were perfectly in keeping with the spirit of warmth and friendliness exhibited year round in the bank. The captain of this happy crew is Dave Miller, bank manager since May of this year. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 7, 1977

Diggin’ around Black Diamond last week produced a potpourri of news items.

The Chick Thompsons donated a 35-foot noble fir, which has stood in their front yard for at least 15 years, to Valley General Hospital for Christmas. When it goes up in the main lobby of the hospital it will stand 20 feet tall.

The noble tree was removed by Clark Williams, Jerry Olander, and Bob Hall, who work in the hospital maintenance department under Director Virgil Virden. It will be sprayed with a flame-retardant material and then be decorated by the Renton Lady Lions. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS’s The Bugle, November 1997

By Eva Litras

Dale Coal Company in Ravensdale, a typical small mine of this area early in the century. Photo supplied by Maple Valley Historical Society Museum.

Dale Coal Company in Ravensdale, a typical small mine of this area early in the century. Photo supplied by Maple Valley Historical Society Museum.

This is a story about the Elkcoal Mine—located off the Kangley-Kanasket Road. We moved there in 1929 and lived in a small house on Sugarloaf Mountain. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, November 19, 1988

By Julie Schuster

BLACK DIAMOND—Doris Campbell, a stoical woman of few words, gave the Black Diamond bank teller a handwritten note: “In protest of personnel management practices and the discharge of Dave Miller.”

A few minutes later, Campbell walked out with her entire savings. (more…)

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