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Maple Valley Historical Society, March 1987

Here’s where me and the railroad got together.

My brother went up to Maple Valley for some reason or other and saw this gang of railroad men working to save the track that was being washed out. Being nosy, he went up to the foreman and asked if they were hiring anybody and he said yes, and get anyone else you can.

He came home and got me and we started work filling gunny sacks with sand at 4:00 p.m. and didn’t stop til 4:00 p.m. the next day. The rain never let up and gunny sacks got hard to get because everyone else needed them too for the same reason we did. We wound up using sacks that had been filled with rock salt and the salt cut our hands making them very sore. We didn’t have the little bags they use nowadays but the 100-pound size which we about two-thirds filled. (more…)


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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, April 3, 1924

Because of the steep pitch of the main slopes in some of the mines of the Pacific Coast Coal Company it is necessary to use covers on the cars in which the coal is hoisted to prevent it being scattered along the slope on the way to the tipple.

In the picture above is shown a new type of cover invented and patented by W.B. Walker of Newcastle. This cover is so designed that it telescopes along the side of the car when not in use. The picture shows the cover folded back and also covering the loaded coal. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, February 21, 1924

Every afternoon when the men gather at the lamp room to don their safety lamps before taking the man trip for a shift down on the 9th, 11th, or 12th levels of Black Diamond, a similar group to the one shown above may be seen. These men are well trained at their jobs and thus keep the production high and the costs low, which is the goal desired by every successful mine.

In the group above may be seen: Fireboss Ben Davis, Andrew Sorenson, Chas. Schaffer, Harry Heton, Horace Watkins, Russell Wade, and Art Walton. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 15, 1978

Hellos and goodbyes were expressed last week at the Black Diamond Post Office; goodbyes to Betty Godfrey and hellos to our new postmaster, Gerald Mongrain.

Betty has served since last August in the interim position of Officer-in-Charge for the Postal Service. She has been on loan from Issaquah where she served as head window clerk and where she will now return. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, December 27, 1923

Herewith the Bulletin publishes the first picture made public of the new Primrose tunnel at Newcastle, which only recently was completed to a distance of 650 feet where the new coal seam was reached.

Three shifts of gangway and counter driving will now be kept continuously on the development, and according to estimates, the new opening will be producing coal in commercial quantities by the early part of next fall.

In the foreground of the picture can be seen John G. Schoning of the United States Bureau of Mines; E.L. Fortney, fireboss; Paul Gallagher, former superintendent at Newcastle; and D.C. Botting, manager of mines. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, November 15, 1923

Surrounded by trees and well removed from the noise and grime of the mine operations, the Pacific Coast Coal Company Hospital at Black Diamond presents the appearance of a well-kept bungalow rather than that of a medical or surgical institution.

A peek into the interior gives another reason why the men who require hospital attention prefer the Black Diamond hospital to any available in Seattle. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, October 25, 1923

Every afternoon, rain or shine, the men who report at the slope to catch the man trip down at 3:30 are always ready to comply with the photographer’s request to stand for a picture. It is with genuine pleasure that the Bulletin herewith presents a sextet of real fellows, a part of the crew which daily does a shift in Black Diamond.

From left to right they are: C.W. Bland, J. Pohorence, L. Raschka, S.E. Bennett, C.P. Capaci (otherwise known as The Sheik), and T. Strigen. (more…)

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