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Originally published in the Globe News, April 23, 1982

Ted Barner prepare a coal-mining exhibit at Black Diamond Depot.

Ted Barner prepare a coal-mining exhibit at Black Diamond Depot.

There’s a new, cavernous opening into the basement of the Black Diamond railroad depot. Narrow-gauge railroad tracks lead into a tunnel where wood posts and beams are backed by crudely split logs. In coming weeks, coal cars will be placed on the electric trolley line inside this replica of Black Diamond’s historic coal mines.

On the main floor of the red depot, floors are being sanded and repainted, a false ceiling has been removed and aluminum windows have been replaced with the original style wood frames.

Here and there amidst the construction are display cases with mining equipment, railroad paraphernalia and household miscellany of decades past. In one room is an ancient X-ray machine, one of the first used in the state of Washington. (more…)

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