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Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, Summer 2018

By William Kombol

“Rusty Rails” photo by Robert Dobson, April 2018

“Rusty Rails” photo by Robert Dobson, April 2018

This spring photographer Bob Dobson stumbled upon a short section of railroad hidden amongst a dense forest near Lake Sawyer. He took a photo that inspired a question: “Who laid these rusty rails?”

Little did he know the answer is the story behind the men who founded Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Globe-News, March 19, 1976

Can you believe this is what our present museum building looked like in 1976 when our original “work parties” began? Left to right: Louis Zumek, Chuck Holtz, Carl Steiert, and Archie Eltz. (BDHS calendar series, 1986)

Can you believe this is what our present museum building looked like in 1976 when our original “work parties” began? Left to right: Louis Zumek, Chuck Holtz, Carl Steiert, and Archie Eltz. (BDHS calendar series, 1986)

Restoration of the circa 1885 train depot on Railroad Avenue in Black Diamond slowed down during cold weather, said Ann Steiert, member of Black Diamond Historical Society.

“Volunteers have been working on shoring up the foundation and as soon as the weather breaks they will finish jacking it up, put in some new timbers, and a concrete footing.

“We have applied for a grant from Washington Historical Society to make the depot into a museum, but the bulk of our working funds have come from the sale of our 13-month historical calendar. We have $1,500 to go toward furnishing and framing the interior.”

Ms. Steiert said the museum depot was most likely the first structure in Black Diamond when the Welsh miners from Nortonville, Calif., came to mine in Black Diamond.

“They probably pitched their tents around the depot before they built cabins,” she said. (more…)

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Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, February 1980

C&PS Engine 18 photographed in Black Diamond before 1916. Type: 4-4-0; Builder, Alco-Brooks; Const. No. 48295; Date built, July 1910; Drivers 62; Cyls 18x24; Total Wt. 110,000.

C&PS Engine 18 photographed in Black Diamond before 1916. Type: 4-4-0; Builder, Alco-Brooks; Const. No. 48295; Date built, July 1910; Drivers 62; Cyls 18×24; Total Wt. 110,000.

The Black Diamond Company wanted a railroad completed as quickly as possible because the Mt. Diablo coal field was declining fast. Surveying began under the Oregon Improvement Company in April 1882 for a Columbia and Puget Sound Cedar River extension. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, November 21, 2001

By Barbara Nilson

The former home of Luigi and Aurora Pagani at the foot of Merino Street in Black Diamond is being considered as a Historical Landmark by the King County Landmarks and Heritage commission; hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., at the Black Diamond Community Center. — Photo by Barbara Nilson.

The former home of Luigi and Aurora Pagani at the foot of Merino Street in Black Diamond is being considered as a Historical Landmark by the King County Landmarks and Heritage commission; hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., at the Black Diamond Community Center. — Photo by Barbara Nilson.

An important hearing to support the establishment of two historical landmarks in the area, the former TaHoMa High School on S.E. 216th Street and the Pagani miner’s home in Black Diamond on Merino Street, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 – 3rd Ave., by the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission. (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, August 29, 2006

By Kathleen Kear

“Celebrate Black Diamond History” program

“Celebrate Black Diamond History” program

Rich in history, which dates back to 1884 when the California town of Nortonville moved to the Black Diamond area to mine the highest quality coal found on the West Coast, Black Diamond is celebrating that history during its annual Labor Days festivities this coming weekend Saturday, Sept. 2nd through Monday, Sept. 4th.

New to the list of Labor Day events that begin on Saturday, Sept. 2nd is the Puget Sound Blood Drive that will be held in conjunction with the annual Softball Game this year between the Black Diamond Fire Department and the community, which begins at 10 a.m. Rumor has it that the kids have been practicing quite a bit lately and are looking forward to putting the department’s “fire out!” (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, August 10, 1922

Dave Botting was named manager of mines of the Pacific Coast Coal Company in 1922.

Dave Botting

D.C. Botting, for many years connected with the coal mining industry in this state, returns on September 1 to become Manager of Mines of this company. He has for three years past been General Manager of the Vandalia Coal Company and its associated mining interests, one of the large coal operations of the country, having some eighteen mines in Indiana and two in West Virginia.

Mr. Botting, known, by the way, to everyone as “Dave,” was born in the coal fields of California fifty-one years ago, and when a boy worked in the mines at Nortonville in that state.

The owners of that property also operated the present Black Diamond mines here, and when about nineteen years of age Mr. Botting came to this state. (more…)

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