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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 Voice of the Valley, February 20, 2007

The former railroad depot, built in 1886, in Black Diamond now houses the Historical Society Museum. Down Railroad Avenue the current book store is visible. It has also been King’s Tavern. — Photo by Barbara Nilson.

Featured speaker at the Maple Valley Reunion, Sunday, Feb. 25th, will be Mayor Howard Botts of Black Diamond. The 1 p.m. program at the Grange Hall on Highway 169 at 216th is sponsored by the Maple Valley Historical Society.

Mayor Botts, who was born and raised in Black Diamond, will relate the histories of the two towns and how they have been connected over the years by the highway, the railroad, once upon a time, as well as other similarities. He’ll also discuss, “what is coming down the road; hopefully, new homes and new businesses.”

He said, “It is always interesting to talk about my home town.” Botts has served as mayor for 24 years and before that served several terms on the City Council in the 1960s and then during the 1970s, he was a member of the Planning Community. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, January 14, 2001

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

Dan O’Brien/Journal

BLACK DIAMOND — There is a dancing light in the woods that offers a respite from the deep damp of winter.

Nestled beneath a snag forest of trunks and branches covered with moss, a rock pit glimmers in the late afternoon at the state park south of here. Not far away, the Green River rushes; Christy Creek gurgles closer.

The flaming geyser of Flaming Geyser State Park is a sprightly flame of methane gas 8 to 12 inches high that undulates atop a concrete pad. The wind sometimes blows it out, but the methane keeps on coming from deep underground, where fractured rivers of coal millions of years old still lie. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, August 3, 1983

By Herb Belanger
Times suburban bureau

Neely Mansion

Neely Mansion, located on the Auburn-Black Diamond Road, was built in 1894. The building is in the National Register of Historic Places and was the second structure placed on the county register of landmarks.

The future of two structures intimately connected to the development and early settlement in King County may hinge on two separate meetings to be held this month.

The first will be at the Auburn City Hall Monday at 7:30 p.m. when people interested in the fate of the Neely Mansion, tied to the early settlement of the Green River Valley, will meet to see if something can be done about continuing a restoration project which has been halted for lack of funds.

The second meeting will be that of the county’s Landmarks Commission, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. in the eighth-floor conference room of the Alaska Building, Seattle, when a decision will be made on whether the railroad depot in the Cascade Mountain town of Lester should be recognized as a county landmark. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, October 26, 2011

The original Krain tavern and boarding house, circa 1900. Constructed in the 1890s, the building was torn down in 1907.

The original Krain tavern and boarding house, circa 1900. Constructed in the 1890s, the building was torn down in 1907.

By Brenda Sexton

Nearly every day at the Krain Corner Inn, owner Karen Hatch gets a history lesson.

Through the 22 years she’s owned the restaurant at the corner of State Route 169 and Southeast 400th Street, she’s collected newspaper articles, photographs and saved the personal letters folks have written about their visit to the historic building and the area of Krain. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Daily Times, August 21, 1927

Edith H. Spurlock

Edith H. Spurlock

Edith Hazel Spurlock, 12 years old, swims under water with hand under chin of victim

Latest of Seattle’s heroine is 12-year-old Edith Hazel Spurlock, who last Wednesday rescued from drowning a full grown youth, 22 years of age, and who weighed 175 pounds.

Albert Fant was swimming in Green River, near Diamond Mineral Springs, and became confused, owing to the swift current. Edith Spurlock, who has been swimming only since last summer, leaped into the water and swam out to him. The following is her own narrative of what took place.

“When I had reached Mr. Fant, my first idea was to keep his head above the water, so I put my hand under his chin. He started to fight and pushed my head under the water. I ducked and swam under him. By this time he had swallowed considerable water and became unconscious. I put my hand under his chin and started swimming toward a log that was caught by a snag. (more…)

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Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, May 1989

By Ann Steiert

Almost everyone of us at one time or another have commented on the way the traffic in our area has grown. It’s hard to imagine a world without the cars and roads that are so common in this day. This has led to a reflection on how it was in the days when the first settlers came to Washington Territory. (more…)

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Speedy car makes record trip to remarkably attractive park only 37 miles from Seattle

Originally published in The Seattle Star, July 18, 1925

By John W. Nelson, Auto Editor

1925 Chrysler Phaeton Six

1925 Chrysler Phaeton Six

There used to be a small block in a certain section of San Francisco known as “Hells Half Acre.” Out in the peaceful Green River valley there is a piece of land that in days of old, when superstition gripped man’s fancy, would no doubt have been called “The Devil’s Washbowl.”

But with the change in habits and nomenclature, man has given over these horror-thoughts and words and a much more picturesque and appropriate title has been attached to it. It is “The Flaming Geyser.” (more…)

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