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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, April 3, 1924

Because of the steep pitch of the main slopes in some of the mines of the Pacific Coast Coal Company it is necessary to use covers on the cars in which the coal is hoisted to prevent it being scattered along the slope on the way to the tipple.

In the picture above is shown a new type of cover invented and patented by W.B. Walker of Newcastle. This cover is so designed that it telescopes along the side of the car when not in use. The picture shows the cover folded back and also covering the loaded coal. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier Herald, March 31, 1988

Frank Zumek and Brad Darby display a smokehouse full of ready-to-eat Easter hams.

Frank Zumek and Brad Darby display a smokehouse full of ready-to-eat Easter hams.

Easter is traditionally ham time. Grocers and local meat markets are preparing for the increase in sales, while shoppers are weighing the price differences and deciding which type of ham they’ll bake.

Ham, a form of pork, comes with and without a bone. Customers make their choice based on convenience, cost and taste, local meat merchants say. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, March 7, 1914

Road from Enumclaw to Black Diamond to be less than 5 percent at highest point

The high bridge across Green River Gorge, a famed scenic site located between Enumclaw and Black Diamond, was built in 1915, according to Swan Swanson, whose father drove the first car across it.

The new Enumclaw-Black Diamond highway, officially known as bond issue No. 9, will be on a maximum grade of a fraction less than 5 percent at its highest elevation, according to the location map filed with the Board of County Commissioners yesterday by Chief Deputy County Engineer C.P. Dexter. The grade on the old road is 20 percent.

This enormous drop in the in the uphill pull is one of the biggest improvements that the county will make under the road bond issue. The maximum grade of 4.9 prevails only on one-quarter of a mile between Enumclaw and Franklin. From Franklin to Black Diamond the new grade is 4.4 percent. The new highway is 7.2 miles in length and will cost $5,000 a mile. At Franklin the county will build a $30,000 steel bridge.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 15, 1978

Hellos and goodbyes were expressed last week at the Black Diamond Post Office; goodbyes to Betty Godfrey and hellos to our new postmaster, Gerald Mongrain.

Betty has served since last August in the interim position of Officer-in-Charge for the Postal Service. She has been on loan from Issaquah where she served as head window clerk and where she will now return. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier, January 18, 1907

Trainmen call on authorities for help but sheriff and police are conveniently absent

Railroad had been warned of the contemplated action

North Yakima, Jan. 9 — More than 200 desperate citizens of this city and farmers of the surrounding country held up a coal train at the station here at 3:30 yesterday afternoon and carried off all the fuel they needed to tide them over the cold snap. (more…)

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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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