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Originally published in The Seattle Times, January 11, 1984

by Herb Belanger
Times South bureau

What should to be done with 11 acres of King County-owned land in the center of Black Diamond?

A recently completed study done for the King County Housing Authority recommends phased development of the site with single-family, owner-occupied homes and rental apartments for moderate- to low-income elderly persons.

The Housing Authority presented its recommendations to residents during a public meeting last night at the Black Diamond Elementary School. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS Bugle, March/June 2007

Howard Botts

Howard Botts

Black Diamond is my favorite subject since I’ve lived there all my life. I think these two towns, Maple Valley and Black Diamond, have some things in common; a couple of them are Highway 169 and railroads.

People in Seattle heard that the Northern Pacific was coming to this area and going to Tacoma.

They felt if they couldn’t have that they were going to build their own railroad from Seattle to Walla Walla over the pass. So they started in 1873, got as far as Renton in 1876; then extended it to Newcastle. In 1880 Henry Villard, of the Northern Pacific, bought it from the Black Diamond Coal Company and renamed it the Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, December 24, 1913

Blast in Black Diamond Mine, of unknown origin, kills workman—his fellows in serious condition

Violation of rules suspected as cause: Required precautions observed by Pacific Coast Co., exposed lamp or match thought to blame

The superintendent’s office and the workings of Mine No. 14, circa 1905. This coal mine was located just east of Highway 169 as it starts downhill toward Jones Lake. Lawson Hill and Mine No. 2 are in the background. Photo courtesy of Frank Guidetti.

The superintendent’s office and the workings of Mine No. 14, circa 1905. This coal mine was located just east of Highway 169 as it starts downhill toward Jones Lake. Lawson Hill and Mine No. 2 are in the background. Photo courtesy of Frank Guidetti.

Jack Jackson was killed and Ned Rossi and Eugene Pelline, miners, were seriously burned in an explosion this morning on the tenth level of No. 14 mine at Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Daily Times, July 26, 1920

Will compete for state honors in rescue and first aid work

About 350 heroes, worthy of a Tennyson but now only everyday heroes, will assemble at Roslyn Saturday, August 14, to compete for state honors in mine rescue and first aid contests. British Columbia also has been invited to send teams, and the 15 first aid ten mine rescue teams from mines throughout Washington may be augmented. (more…)

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Originally published in the Cle Elum Echo, July 16, 1920

Black damp from old Black Diamond workings catches practice team killing three and overcoming six others—defective oxygen helmets probable cause

While practicing for the annual State First Aid Meet to be held at Roslyn August 14th, a mine rescue team at Black Diamond Saturday suffered three fatalities and six seriously injured men. An inquiry is proceeding according to press reports to definitely determine the cause, which is likely to be defective oxygen in the helmets.

The dead are: Hughie Hughes, Henry DeWinter, and James Hudson.

John Parker, Louis McDonald, James Murphy, and Fred Pontia were overcome but are recovering. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 28, 1888

Black Diamond, Aug. 25 – Everything is running smoothly, as usual. Shafts 14, 12, and 2 are running at their fullest capacity. Everybody is busy, and of course, happy.

School opened on Monday morning with an enrollment of 126 pupils, with more to come. If the present prosperity continues more school room will be needed shortly. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, October 20, 1989

By Peggy Ziebarth
Valley Living Editor

Diane and Corey Olson, who edited the history, are shown near the Black Diamond Museum. (Staff photo by Duane Hamamura.)

Diane and Corey Olson, who edited the history, are shown near the Black Diamond Museum. (Staff photo by Duane Hamamura.)

Voices out of Black Diamond’s past tell the story of mine disasters, whispered scandals, sports shenanigans and colorful characters in Black Diamond: Mining the Memories.

Tales spun by the Welsh, Italian, Slavic and other settlers of the town—dependent on the mines for its lifeblood—weave a lively pattern of poignant portraits of hard life and high times in Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 8, 2002

By Kathleen Kear

This table full of bottles, discovered while digging out a timber chute located on the Eagles’ property in Black Diamond, is currently on display at the Black Diamond Museum.

This table full of bottles, discovered while digging out a timber chute located on the Eagles’ property in Black Diamond, is currently on display at the Black Diamond Museum.

Who could have guessed what lay buried in an old Black Diamond timber chute from perhaps the #2 mine. But the treasures the chute revealed a little over a month ago excited the Black Diamond Historical Society and Museum. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 3, 2002

By Kathleen E. Kear

History hole: After a day of heavy rain a couple of weeks ago, a small spot of ground gave way across from the museum in Black Diamond. Under the small sinkhole, there was a room-sized cavern, from which numerous old bottles were pulled. The federal Office of Surface Mining was called in and an excavating crew was hired to investigate. (Photo by Kevin Hanson, Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 3, 2002)

History hole: After a day of heavy rain a couple of weeks ago, a small spot of ground gave way across from the museum in Black Diamond. Under the small sinkhole, there was a room-sized cavern, from which numerous old bottles were pulled. The federal Office of Surface Mining was called in and an excavating crew was hired to investigate.

What started out as a little sinkhole the size of an 8½ x 11 sheet of paper, on the grassy slope of the Black Diamond Eagles Lodge property by Baker Street and First Avenue, has now become a much larger void.

After detecting the hole on Wednesday, March 20, Black Diamond City officials quickly assessed that there could be more to this hole than just another little mole hole. As a result, the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining (OSM) out of Olympia was called in to investigate. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, March 8, 1922

By Geo. Watkin Evans, consulting coal mining engineer, Seattle

Black Diamond-area mines

This hand drawn map from the article, “Black Diamond-area mines,” was published in the August 1987 issue of the BDHS newsletter. (See http://wp.me/pDbRj-J9.)

We are now ready to take up the Black Diamond area of the coal fields of the State of Washington. The Black Diamond area was opened at a much earlier date than the Ravensdale area.

The old Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad, now the Pacific Coast Railway, which has played such an important part in the early development of Seattle and vicinity, was extended from Renton up the Cedar River Valley, thence across the gravel plains in the neighborhood of Lake Wilderness to what is now Black Diamond.

Mine No. 14, Black Diamond, was opened in 1884 by the Black Diamond Coal Company, which was originally incorporated in California, and operated a mine at Mount Diablo. This company was composed of such well-known persons as Alvinza Hayward, P.B. Cornwall, and Morgan Morgans. (more…)

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