Posts Tagged ‘Green River’

Angry residents along proposed route say they weren’t consulted

Originally published in the Valley Daily News, July 8, 1992

By Cheryl Murfin
Valley Daily News

Terrie Honeysett says the Green River Trail, which would run on the ridge behind her, would cause long-term damage to her property. Valley Daily News photo by Duane Hamamura

AUBURN — King County plans to build a Green River Trail across her property, but Terrie Honeysett says “they might as well put it through my living room.”

Honeysett and 30 other residents live on an 8.5-mile stretch of river between the east end of Flaming Geyser State Park and Auburn Narrows near the mouth of Soos Creek. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, June 28, 2002

Black Diamond resident has fun while he pans for gold in local rivers

By Mary Swift
Journal Reporter

Black Diamond resident Sean Taeschner has been panning for gold for eight years. In 1999, he wrote a field guide, ‘Finding Gold In Washington State,’ and published it as an ‘e-book’ that can be bought on a disk or downloaded from the Internet.

BLACK DIAMOND — Sean Taeschner has mining in his blood.

His grandfather was a miner.

So was his great grandfather.

They mined for coal.


He goes after gold.

The 32-year-old Black Diamond resident makes his living as a self-employed contractor and substitute teacher for the Kent School District.

But his passion is panning for gold. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Sunday Times, June 11, 1916

Lake trip ideal for motorists

Magnificent scenery found on tour to White Sulphur Spring—road passes along Cedar River Gorge

Abundant sport waits fishermen’s coming

Beauty spots on scenic drive. Two river canyons, each leading back into the Cascades, are followed on the tour presented by The Times today, terminating at Lake Wilderness, twenty-nine miles distant from the city. The colored illustration shows The Times pathfinder car, the Hupmobile, as it arrived at the lake shore. Below, in the accompanying photograph, is a view of the Green River canyon, shortly after the car had crossed the hill from Black Diamond.

Less than thirty miles from Seattle, at the end of a pathway which leads through ever-changing scenery, along the magnificent Cedar River gorge and up into the mining section of King County, lies Lake Wilderness, towards which The Times pathfinder car, a Hupmobile, blazed the trail for the second of the 1916 series of tours and the twenty-sixth in the grand total thus far logged by this newspaper.

The car, kindly furnished by Mr. Louis P. Schaeffer of the William T. Patten Motor Company, and driven by D.P. Dean, left The Times Building at Second Avenue and Union Street shortly after 9 o’clock and was at Lake Wilderness in ample time to permit an hour’s fishing in the lake before noon as an appetizer.

During the afternoon, the return was made by way of Black Diamond and Auburn, a slightly longer route but well worth the extra effort. In addition to providing variety to the trip, the alternate highway descended into a country of splendid roads and fascinating scenery, joining the Pacific Highway thence into Seattle. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 1, 1922

Green River mill at Baldi completely destroyed

Pacific States Company loses three outfits, thousands in railway equipment

Forest fire damage to the Pacific States Lumber Company, both at Selleck and Cedar Falls, was increased overnight with the loss last night of Camp No. 18 at Cedar Falls. This makes three logging camps lost by the company, including all the bridges on eleven miles of railway, a coal bunker, twelve donkey engines, fifteen freight cars, a section camp, an enormous amount of fallen timber, and several cars of logs. Two small residences at Selleck also burned last night. Today there was virtually no wind around the company’s territory and it was reported the fire situation was getting under control. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, May 20, 2011

By TJ Martinell

The grave of Alice Gertrude Johnson in the Franklin Cemetery. The date of birth and death read: January 1, 1902 – January 7, 1902. TJ Martinell, The Reporter

When I think of a ghost town, a tableau of the iconic “High Noon” spaghetti-western comes into mind. It is a row of ramshackle wooden buildings that form two lines like opposing armies in a battle. There is the requisite saloon door dangling on one hinge, while a ball of tumbleweed sweeps through the dry and barren street. Aside from a gust of wind, bringing in dust devils and a hot dry breeze, the environment has an eerie silence to it.

As I explored the area near Green River with Dan Hutson, a member of the Black Diamond Historical Society, where the town of Franklin once was, I perceived that, as a ghost town, it has none of these qualities. (more…)

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Originally published in The News Tribune, May 18, 1994

Coal town energizes student imagination

By Jami Leabow Farkas
The News Tribune

Not much sits now on the land off Southeast Green River Gorge Road near Black Diamond. It’s barren, save for huge trees and a few headstones that give clues to the people who inhabited the once-thriving coal mining settlement of Franklin.

But with the ongoing efforts of eighth-grade students at Cedar Heights Junior High School in Kent, that all could change by the turn of the century. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, May 14, 1997

By Paul Gottlieb
The Courier-Herald

Settling into his new role as King County Executive, Ron Sims visited Black Diamond May 7 as his 120-day “Community Outreach” tour of cities and communities draws to a close.

Sims met with city administrator Rick Luther and city councilman Mario Sorci in the city council chambers, promising to look into making it easier for Black Diamond to obtain more water as the city grows. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, May 13, 2011

By Timothy Martinell

An old coal cart sits where the town of Franklin once stood by the Green River. The cart was donated by the Palmer Coking Coal Company. TJ Martinell, The Reporter

I have to admit, when I first went to Black Diamond, I didn’t think I’d be introduced to the mayor of a ghost town.

When I first spoke to Keith Watson, director of the Black Diamond Historical Society, I expressed my interest in Franklin, the nearby ghost town. After discussing how to get there, he looked at me with a subtle grin and asked, “Do you want to meet the mayor?”

At first, I wasn’t sure if he was being funny or not, but then he walked into another room. A few moments later, he reappeared with another man: Don Mason, the “mayor” of Franklin. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, May 9, 2007

By Kevin Hanson
The Courier-Herald

It’s often said only the certainties in life are death and taxes, but that’s not quite true in the still-small community of Black Diamond.

An added fact of life is growth is on the way. It’s likely to come fast and furious and the city is planning to be ready when the wave hits.

No one is more aware of the pending building boom than Rick Luther, the city’s longtime police chief who is serving a second stint as interim city administrator. His first go-round at wearing two hats, in the 1990s, lasted six years. He’s hoping for a much shorter tour of duty this time. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 7, 2003

A critical component and huge step in the direction of securing funding for a firm source of drinking water and water infrastructure necessary to implement the Black Diamond Comprehensive Plan and Urban Growth Areas was approved by the council during the Thursday, April 17 city council meeting. (more…)

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