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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 27, 1926

Miss Velma Hull demonstrates the Simpson Signaling Life Line, invented by Homer Blair and used for the first time at the Mine Rescue and First Aid Meet in Burnett last Saturday. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 19, 1935

“Coal Week,” May 19 to 25, inclusive, will be observed in Seattle and suburban towns at the request of employees of the Pacific Coast Coal Company, sponsors of “More days per week—more employment” movement, it was announced today.

Seattle merchants will be furnished by the Coal Week Committee with material for educational window displays, according to George D. Allen of Black Diamond, chairman. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, April 21, 1995

By George Erb
Valley Daily News

Front-end loader, above, shovels dirt and rock into a truck to expose coal. (Valley Daily News photo by Marcus R. Donner.)

BLACK DIAMOND — In the earliest days, miners would tromp out of the tent city that was Black Diamond and go underground to pry coal from the earth with hand tools and explosives.

More than a century later, most work takes place in broad daylight at the John Henry Mine on the outskirts of town. The John Henry is an open pit, and even when the sun sets behind the debris piles, the work goes on under the glare of floodlights mounted on diesel generators.

Today’s miners are more likely to wrestle a steering wheel than swing a pick. For the most part, they are heavy equipment operators who drive oversized bulldozers, trucks, and front-end loaders. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, March 25, 1926

When the inventor of the Jones system of lubrication for mine car wheels recently visited Burnett, Master Mechanic A.L. McBlaine was able to show him just how the system worked on the cars used in the haulage. This picture shows McBlaine pointing out the features of the Jones bearing to the inventor. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, February 25, 1926

Members of the Washington State Press Association, in their fourteenth Annual Institute in Seattle, are to be the guests of the Pacific Coast Coal Company on Saturday, February 27. They will visit Newcastle, where they will make a trip into Primrose Tunnel, after which they will inspect the Briquet Plant on their return to Seattle. The Pacific Coast Coal Company welcomes this opportunity to greet the representatives of the press.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, December 10, 1925

Richard Goodhead, mine foreman at Burnett, has been a miner in this state almost as long as coal has been dug here. He has been with the Pacific Coast Coal Company at Burnett since the mine reopened several years ago, and prior to that time was at Franklin and Hyde mines.

Loyal to the company, and loyal to the men under him, he has built up the reputation of being a “Square-Shooter,” and a practical mining man. Proof of the esteem in which he is held is shown by the fact that his friends all call him “Dick.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, August 9, 1923

If hard work and persistent effort is worth anything at all, the Black Diamond Mine Rescue and First Aid Team, under the leadership of Capt. B.F. Snook, is going to be a real contender for honors at the big inter-camp meet in Newcastle on August 18. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maplevalley Messenger, October 13, 1921

Elimination of dangerous crossing is now assured

Letter from F.M. Dudley, general attorney for the railroad, states that Milwaukee will co-operate with county

maplevalley-messengerThe Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad has signified its willingness to eliminate the dangerous grade crossing at Maplevalley by the construction of an overhead bridge across its tracks, paralleling the Taylor branch of the Pacific Coast R.R.

The position of the railroad company is stated in a letter from F.M. Dudley, general attorney for the CM&StP to Mr. Frank R. Spinning, supervisor of transportation, Dept. of Public Works.

Coming as a direct result of united and persistent protest against this dangerous condition which existed in our community, by the citizens of Maplevalley, the members of Cedar Grange, and through the columns of the Maplevalley Messenger, it is with a great deal of satisfaction that we observe our efforts bearing fruit. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maplevalley Messenger, September 22, 1921

No definite action has yet been taken by Milwaukee to authorize overhead crossing

Milwaukee_RR_logoTwo weeks have elapsed since the plans for the overhead bridge across the [Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad] at Maplevalley were approved by the county commissioners. The matter is still in the hands of the railroad and awaiting authorization from Chicago in response to a telegram sent two weeks ago.

That the bridge will be put in there cannot be a shadow of a doubt. Should the railroad fail to make a reply inside of a week, the matter will be turned over to the Department of Public Works at Olympia. They are as anxious to see this crossing eliminated as are the people of Maplevalley.

Mr. Frank R. Spinning of the Department of Public Works has promised that a hearing will be held in Maplevalley provided the railroad company does not see fit to take immediate action.

This hearing we have no doubt will result in the department taking the matter into its own hands and ordering the installation of the bridge.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 16, 1992

By Barbara Nilson

Valley Daily News graphic by Steve Nolan.

Valley Daily News graphic by Steve Nolan.

“In order to receive enabling legislation for Cedar County,” said David Fields, spokesman, “we had to name an incorporated city as the county seat so we selected Black Diamond.”

The Black Diamond City Council met Sept. 3 to discuss the proposal and voted unanimously that they would be glad to consider the proposition. “Of course,” said Mayor Howard Botts, “it all hinges on whether Cedar County becomes a reality.”

The official view, according to Mayor Botts, is that the city is neutral on the new county, neither opposing it nor promoting it.

“We’re certainly looking at it with interest,” he said. “It would mean a big change in Black Diamond.” (more…)

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