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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 28, 2005

By Kathleen E. Kear

Miners at the Ravensdale Northwestern Improvement Co., Mine, circa 1912. The man seated on the ground is Leander Thibaut who perished with thirty other men in the November 15, 1915 Ravensdale Mine accident. Photo courtesy of Black Diamond Historical Society

Preparations for the 2nd Annual Black Diamond Miners Days are well underway for the weekend of Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10.

Hosting the event once again is the Black Diamond Merchant Partnership. The event began during the summer of 2004 as a way to encourage community members and guests to come and get to know the various businesses within the City of Black Diamond. The event also grew out of an appreciation of the miners and their families who helped establish Black Diamond. (more…)

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Miners Day montageOriginally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 10, 2005

By Kathleen Kear

Mouthwatering kettle corn, booths full of all sorts of goodies to enjoy and buy, enough chili and barbeque food to fill any hungry appetite added to the fun-filled 2nd Annual Black Diamond Miners Days. (more…)

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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Fall 2012

Sculptor Paul Crites is currently working on the statue [2012], which should arrive in early 2013. This artist’s rendering also shows the pavers, granite benches, and memorial wall. At right is an example of Gomer’s brick—in memory of his father, also Gomer Evans.

This artist’s rendering shows the pavers, granite benches, and memorial wall. At right is an example of Gomer’s brick—in memory of his father, also Gomer Evans.

By Gomer Evans

I grew up in Black Diamond. My Mother and Dad had nine children in the “Diamond.” My Dad, who came from Wales, worked in the coal mines his entire life from the time he was 12 years old, so he saw many mine disasters.

As a fire boss he helped in a lot of the mine rescue operations. Many of those stories were published in the old Pacific Coast Bulletin. (more…)

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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Fall 2012

By Keith Watson

Top: Councilman Craig Goodwin gets dunked. Left: The beginning of the Coal Miners’ Classic 5K run. Right: Clown Caroline Nadeau hands out balloons for Finally Found Books’ grand opening. (Photos: Bob Dobson)

Top: Councilman Craig Goodwin gets dunked. Left: The beginning of the Coal Miners’ Classic 5K run. Right: Clown Caroline Nadeau hands out balloons for Finally Found Books’ grand opening. (Photos: Bob Dobson)

This year’s Miners’ Day was the best so far, reported several guests who attended the eighth-annual street fair on Black Diamond’s Railroad Avenue. The event celebrates the town’s coal mining past.

Numerous vendors peddled their wares while contestants battled for cash and ribbons in the Flaming Geyser chili cook-off. Throughout the day two live bands—The Stan Terrell Band and Happy Hans—entertained crowds. Folks were dancing in the street.

New this year was a dunk tank sponsored by Bounce It Up 360 that helped the historical society raise money for the Coal Miners’ Honor Garden. Happy victims included Craig Goodwin, Black Diamond city councilman, who had the privilege of being dunked over and over again. Nice that the weather was warm. (more…)

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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Summer 2011

By Ken Jensen

Black Diamond Mayor Rebecca Olness cuts the ribbon dedicating the museum’s locomotive. (Photos: Bob Dobson)

Black Diamond Mayor Rebecca Olness cuts the ribbon dedicating the museum’s locomotive.
(Photos: Bob Dobson)

The dedication of the museum’s locomotive—named the “Black Diamond History Express” by school kids—was one of the top draws of this year’s Miners’ Day celebration.

The locomotive has been a dream of museum board members for years.

“We’re thrilled to see the engine here at the old depot,” said one of the celebrants just before the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I think it will be a big draw for the area and support our vision of retaining our town’s historic past.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Summer 2013

By Bill Kombol

The Coal Miners’ Honor Garden was dedicated during Black Diamond Miners’ Day, July 6. (Photo: Bob Dobson.)

The Coal Miners’ Honor Garden was dedicated during Black Diamond Miners’ Day, July 6. (Photo: Bob Dobson.)

My father was a coal miner. So were both grandfathers and three of my four great-grandfathers. As were a host of uncles, great uncles, and cousins. I was privileged to work at a coal mine, Rogers No. 3 in Ravensdale—the last underground coal mine in the state of Washington. One of the first books I can remember having read to me was Two Little Miners.

You might say I grew up in a coal mining culture.

My name is Bill Kombol and today I manage a company, Palmer Coking Coal Co., whose name stretches back 80 years to an era when coal was king.

It’s a phrase I adapted for a weekly column I write for the Voice of the Valley, a local newspaper.

When the historical society approached me to write about what the miners’ statue means to me, I was humbled. (more…)

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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Summer 2013

By Keith Watson

Top: The honor garden features a life-size bronze coal miner statue surrounded by a paver walkway. If you’d like to purchase a paver—there’s still space available—contact the historical society at 360-886-2142 or Museum@BlackDiamondMuseum.org. Bottom: Dee Israel, Susie Thompson, and Shane Israel sort bricks while Gomer Evans supervises.

Top: The honor garden features a life-size bronze coal miner statue surrounded by a paver walkway. Bottom: Dee Israel, Susie Thompson, and Shane Israel sort bricks while Gomer Evans supervises.

The idea for having a memorial for coal miners was talked about by the founders of our historical society some time ago. The current idea for a memorial was sparked when me and Judy and Howard and Dorothy Botts visited Roslyn, Washington.

We had the pleasure of talking with Nick Henderson, who’s associated with the Roslyn Historical Museum Society. Nick filled us in about the Roslyn memorial that features a life-size bronze coal miner statue surrounded by granite memorial tiles.

What could we do in Black Diamond to memorialize our coal miners? Ideas began to grow and then something happened that allowed us to develop those ideas. (more…)

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