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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier, June 13, 1913

These buildings were located where the Green River Eagles #1490 is today.

Fire broke out in the Black Diamond Hotel last Friday morning at about 2 o’clock, said to be caused by a man’s carelessness in smoking in one of the rooms. The building and contents were entirely destroyed, and the flames spread to Pete Fredericksen’s meat market adjoining, and a nearby residence, both being consumed.

A small safe containing considerable money, a cash register, and some books were saved from the market. Some meat was also carried out, but much of it was stolen after being placed beyond the reach of the flames. The insurance on all the property was small and the loss consequently was considerable.

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King County mining town suffers loss of fifty thousand dollars and many persons are rendered homeless

Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 1, 1907

The first destructive fire to visit Black Diamond occurred today, when the town was swept by flames, entailing a loss of $50,000 and rendering many persons homeless.

The fire started in the residence of J.T. Williams and is supposed to have been caused by a defective flue. The flames spread with alarming rapidity, soon reaching the business section of the town, licking up private residences in its path.

Scarcity of water placed the men who attempted to check the progress of the flames at a disadvantage. As soon as the alarm was sounded and it was seen that the flames were in danger of spreading, the mines were closed down and the men came from the pit and worked in an effort to save their own property or that of others. The fire started at 10 o’clock and was not under control until noon. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, April 21, 1913

Loss estimated at $15,000 when store, depot, warehouse and number of dwellings are destroyed

A disastrous fire which started in the general store of the Pacific Coast Coal Company at Franklin, at the terminus of the Columbia & Puget Sound railway, destroyed the store and contents and swept away the railway station, the store’s warehouse and five dwellings occupied by miners’ families at 11 o’clock last night. The loss is $15,000. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 20, 1889

Morgan Morgans, superintendent of the Black Diamond Coal Mining Co.

Morgan Morgans, superintendent of the Black Diamond Coal Mining Co.

The fire which broke out in section 14 of the Black Diamond mine on January 2 has at last been extinguished, through the efforts of Morgan Morgans, the superintendent of the mine, and the casual observer on entering section 14 would not be able to discover that there ever had been fire there.

The cave which occurred in section 14, in the latter part of December has been entirely cleaned up. Superintendent Morgans, in order to furnish an escape in case of accident to his miners, has run a shaft 18 feet in diameter and 254 feet in length from the lower level to the upper level.

This shaft was dug by Mr. Morgans in the incredibly short space of eleven days. Besides giving the miners a means of egress in case of danger, the shaft gives them good, pure air.

The Black Diamond mine is now in better running order than it has been in for some time. About 1,000 tons are being taken out daily, and vessels enough cannot be had to carry the coal away from this port.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, December 14, 1922

Black Diamond mechanicsRobert W. Service, the poet of the North, remarks: “You may talk of your lutes and your dulcimers fine,” then goes on to sing a ditty about the “wee penny whistle of Sandy McGraw,” and we, taking his hunch, say: “You can talk of your miners and timber packers, but how about the mechanical departments of the various mines?”

Herewith we reproduce a picture of some of the men in the mechanical department at Black Diamond. Reading from left to right, front row: H. Rose, Marion Davis, A.J. Brown, and P. Hansen; back row, Albert Winckworth, Lance Proudfit, and A.C. Davis. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, November 16, 1922

New Pacific Coast Coal Co logo - 1927Names of men who assisted in putting out the fire on Nov. 4th and 5th.

Names of men on afternoon shift who first responded to fire

  1. Ben Davis, night foreman
  2. Dick Batty, fireboss, 9th level
  3. Dave Jenkins, fireboss 8th level
  4. Pete Kurth, cager
  5. C.F. Williams, motorman
  6. R.O. Davis, inside electrician


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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, November 9, 1922

New Pacific Coast Coal Co logo - 1927This foreword of appreciation by the company of the most loyal and valuable service rendered by the supervisors and many other employees of the different camps in fighting the recent fire in Black Diamond Mine has had to be merely hastily prepared as the Bulletin goes to press, and there has not as yet been time to carefully check up all of those who were connected with that splendid work.

If anyone is herein overlooked he may know that it is not intentional and that in the more carefully prepared “Roll of Honor” of those to whom credit is due his name will not be overlooked. (more…)

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