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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, April 21, 1995

By George Erb
Valley Daily News

Front-end loader, above, shovels dirt and rock into a truck to expose coal. (Valley Daily News photo by Marcus R. Donner.)

BLACK DIAMOND — In the earliest days, miners would tromp out of the tent city that was Black Diamond and go underground to pry coal from the earth with hand tools and explosives.

More than a century later, most work takes place in broad daylight at the John Henry Mine on the outskirts of town. The John Henry is an open pit, and even when the sun sets behind the debris piles, the work goes on under the glare of floodlights mounted on diesel generators.

Today’s miners are more likely to wrestle a steering wheel than swing a pick. For the most part, they are heavy equipment operators who drive oversized bulldozers, trucks, and front-end loaders. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 25, 1989

The First National Bank of Enumclaw is considering selling its Black Diamond branch building to the Black Diamond Community Center Board for a community center.

Dorothy Botts, secretary and treasurer for the 11-member community center board formed in 1979 by the city council, announced the proposition at the Black Diamond City Council’s regular meeting Thursday night.

“We’re really excited,” Botts said. “I talked to some of the seniors and they’re excited too.” (more…)

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Originally published in The News Tribune, January 16, 1995

Assessed property value climbing in remote areas

By Kevin Ebi
The News Tribune

Randy Hopper was transferred to his firm’s Tukwila office from San Diego, but he and his family have chosen to live in an Enumclaw subdivision to get away from the problems of city living. (Peter Haley/The News Tribune)

Last year, Randy Hopper received more than a promotion.

He got a new quality of life.

The promotion took his family from the bright lights of San Diego to the rural life of Enumclaw.

Hopper, who didn’t want his job or employer revealed, is part of a trend being seen in Enumclaw and other rural cities in the county. It’s a trend of growth.

Even though the King County real estate boom ended in 1990, areas such as Black Diamond, Carnation, Duvall, Enumclaw, and North Bend continue to grow in value. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 22, 1913

1913 Buick touring car

Last Sunday morning Phillip Smyly, sales manager of the Buick Automobile Company in Seattle, started out in the general direction of Green River Valley. The trip lasted two and a one-half days and resulted in Smyly’s landing orders for four Buicks. He covered close to 400 miles on his jaunt, which took him through Kent, Auburn, Black Diamond, and other towns in that vicinity.

In Black Diamond he met a prospective buyer who said his order depended on whether the car could take a capacity load over Brooks Hill, a long, steep grade near the town that is notorious for its immunity from attacks by motor vehicles.

Smyly acquiesced, and to make the bargain good he added a sixth passenger. The manner in which the powerful little Buick ascended the grade made the Black Diamond man gasp. He remarked that “no car had done it before,” and then drew forth his checkbook. The notations he made on the paper made him the owner of a new touring car and Salesman Smyly smiled sweetly.

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