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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 Sunday Times, October 19, 1952

Seattle Sunday Times, October 19, 1952The view of Maple Valley in autumn depicted on Page 1 of this Magazine Section appealed to Parker McAllister, Times staff artist, as most appropriate for inclusion in his series of rural scenes in the Puget Sound country. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 26, 2016

By Bill Kombol

The old callboard of the C&PS can be seen slightly above the new board installed in the PCRR terminals at South Alaskan Way near Dearborn on the Seattle waterfront – just west of CenturyLink stadium.

The old callboard of the C&PS can be seen slightly above the new board installed in the PCRR terminals at South Alaskan Way near Dearborn on the Seattle waterfront – just west of CenturyLink stadium.

This is the second of a series, which details the workings of the Pacific Coast Railroad (PCRR) late in its corporate life. Founding as the Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad (C&PS), from the ashes of the Seattle & Walla Walla, PCRR was profiled in a 1948 Rotogravure magazine, which included this photo of the engine dispatcher’s board. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 23 and 30, 1975

By Laura Lorenz

Modern-day fireman George Raffle, shown above with the moving stock of the Maple Valley Fire Department (King County District 43), is understandably proud of today’s fire station and its equipment. It all started back in 1950 when three citizens went together to sign a $500 note. (Voice photo by Kevin McLellan)

Modern-day fireman George Raffle, shown above with the moving stock of the Maple Valley Fire Department (King County District 43), is understandably proud of today’s fire station and its equipment. It all started back in 1950 when three citizens went together to sign a $500 note. (Voice photo by Kevin McLellan)

The Maple Valley Fire Department grew from a dream to actuality in the spring of 1950 when a $500 note was signed by Joe Mezzavilla, Bill Mitchell, and Frank Sayers to obtain a 1926 Howard Cooper fire engine truck from the city of Blaine, Washington. The remaining one-half of the truck’s cost was gathered by numerous citizens’ donations. (more…)

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Originally published in the Issaquah Press, April 29, 1970

By Gene Woodwick

Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway’s Engine No. 2, the D.H. Gilman, photographed on Independence Day, 1895.

Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway’s Engine No. 2, the D.H. Gilman, photographed on Independence Day, 1895.

The recent merger of the railroads will soon affect the rail system through the Issaquah and Snoqualmie Valleys.

Eighty-one years ago the big news in both valleys was that the railroads were coming through. Now there would be a way to ship the hops, dairy, and forest products to markets and the area could really be opened for settlement.

In 1885 the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad company was formed by some citizens in Seattle, headed by Daniel Heine Gilman. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seatle Daily Times, April 6, 1906

Terms of the deal will be formulated in legal terms before end of month—Attorneys now working on it

Details of the Columbia & Puget Sound tracks between Maple Valley and Seattle will be completed this month and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul will be guaranteed an entrance into Seattle.

The terms of the new trackage deal give the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul what amounts to permanent rights. The lease will run for ninety-nine years and will cover all questions of increasing the number of tracks and adding to the trackage facilities for handling any growth of traffic within the period during which the contract will run. The Pacific Coast Company road’s running rights are fully protected. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, April 5, 1907

New construction in King County this year will call for thousands of laborers to hasten building

Harriman system must wait for franchise, but St. Paul will start out crews as soon as weather improves

More men will be engaged in new railroad work in King County this year than at any time since the county was organized. The pending railroad construction will be more important than any that has been attempted since James J. Hill brought a competing line into Seattle, for the new lines to engage in construction work this summer are real competitors of the systems already here.

As soon as the snow goes off in the mountains every man that can be picked up for railroad work will be hurried into the foothills to push the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul grades up toward the summit of Snoqualmie Pass.

The St. Paul will have thousands of men scattered from the King-Pierce line on the south, working toward Black River; taking up the work again at Maple Valley, where the road leaves the Columbia & Puget Sound tracks, and carrying it on to the Kittitas County line in Snoqualmie Pass. (more…)

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