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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 7, 1977

Diggin’ around Black Diamond last week produced a potpourri of news items.

The Chick Thompsons donated a 35-foot noble fir, which has stood in their front yard for at least 15 years, to Valley General Hospital for Christmas. When it goes up in the main lobby of the hospital it will stand 20 feet tall.

The noble tree was removed by Clark Williams, Jerry Olander, and Bob Hall, who work in the hospital maintenance department under Director Virgil Virden. It will be sprayed with a flame-retardant material and then be decorated by the Renton Lady Lions. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 7, 1977

Cedar River turned big, brown, and ugly again on December 2nd and 3rd this year on the exact anniversary of the 1975 major flood. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 6, 1978

Willard and Hortense Steward were gracious and happy hosts at Willard’s 90th birthday Open House November 26.

Willard and Hortense Steward were gracious and happy hosts at Willard’s 90th birthday Open House November 26.

Over 100 friends, nurserymen, and relatives attended the Open House November 26 at 23419 Dorre Don Way S.E. in honor of Willard M. Steward’s 90th birthday. Many of those invited had been totally unaware that this vigorous energetic man was 90 years old!

“Many a person of 60 could well envy strength, enthusiasm, and vitality like that!” one guest was heard to say.

The Open House was given by Mr. and Mrs. Alan Reed of Renton, assisted by Mrs. Leroy Willie of Olympia. Mr. Reed and Mrs. Willie are the Stewards’ son and daughter. Steward and Hortense, his wife, greeted and exchanged reminiscences with all their guests. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS’s The Bugle, November 1997

By Eva Litras

Dale Coal Company in Ravensdale, a typical small mine of this area early in the century. Photo supplied by Maple Valley Historical Society Museum.

Dale Coal Company in Ravensdale, a typical small mine of this area early in the century. Photo supplied by Maple Valley Historical Society Museum.

This is a story about the Elkcoal Mine—located off the Kangley-Kanasket Road. We moved there in 1929 and lived in a small house on Sugarloaf Mountain. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, November 29, 1978

Building, center left, is part of the remains of the New Black Diamond Mine. It is now part of the King County Maintenance Shops.

Building, center left, is part of the remains of the New Black Diamond Mine. It is now part of the King County Maintenance Shops.

Holidays seem to bring visitors, and visitors to our area frequently have questions. There are often questions about coal and its history here.

There are many “old-timers” who can share their experiences but they are not always available when “Cousin Harry” asks, “Where were the coal mines?” or “How much coal did they get?”

The pictures on this page will help tell the story of one of the mines in the area. The New Black Diamond Mine was located between Maple Valley and Renton on what is now Highway 169. (more…)

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This is a story told by Henry Walters of some of the events of his life.

He was born in England and his Father, Richard Walters, was a railroad contractor. They lived in various parts of England, moving as often as the railroad construction jobs required.

At the age of 11 he went to work as a blacksmith’s helper. He worked for three years and saved enough money to emigrate to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1882. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 26, 1885

The system of King County—Its cost, mileage, present and future traffic, etc.

The railroad system in King County is one of considerable magnitude now, and of rising importance. It is the largest enterprise in the county, and is doing more to increase and sustain the population than any other. Aside from the value of real estate held by the corporations, they have railroad properties in the county aggregating about $2,000,000. These properties consist of the tracks, wharves, depots, bunkers, shops, rolling stock, etc. (more…)

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