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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 24, 2009

By Kathleen Kear

Community members and guests filled Black Diamond Community Center where they enjoyed a kickoff event celebrating Black Diamond’s 50th anniversary of being a city. — Photos by Ron Olness.

Quickly running through their regular city council meeting agenda on Thursday, February 19, at the Black Diamond Community Center, Mayor Howard Botts—along with Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Olness and Councilmembers Goeff Bowie, Bill Boston, Leih Mulvihill, and Kristine Hanson—turned his attention to the kickoff event that will begin a year-long celebration of Black Diamond’s 50th anniversary as a city. (more…)

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Originally published in the News Journal, January 23, 1980

Story and photos by Bruce Rommel

Black Diamond sits nestled in the western foothills of the Cascades.

Once hundreds of men worked the strip mines, producing coal, the “black diamond” which powered the railroads, fueled industry, and heated our homes.

Walking the quiet streets of Black Diamond today, one finds only the reminders of those days when this community was a booming company town.

Nestled in the western foothills of the Cascades, Black Diamond and nearby Franklin once boasted a population of more than 5,000. All that remains of Franklin today are a few house foundations scattered along hillsides. And in 1979 Black Diamond is a town with about 1,100 residents, about 50 less citizens than a decade ago. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, October 8, 1900

Republicans hold one of the most enthusiastic meetings of the present campaign

The Show Hall was built in the early 1890s as a community hall in the business section of Black Diamond. It was later torn down in the late 1960s. (BDHS Calendar series, 1981)

The Show Hall was built in the early 1890s as a community hall in the business section of Black Diamond. It was later torn down in the late 1960s. (BDHS Calendar series, 1981)

Black Diamond, four years ago one of the Populist strongholds in King County, was the scene Saturday night of a most enthusiastic Republican rally. A crowded hall, the largest audience at a political meeting there this campaign, greeted every telling point of the speakers with applause long and hearty.

The enthusiasm and the size of the audience was particularly striking in comparison with the fusion rally there last week. Clark Davis and several other leaders of the Democratic party were present, but the audience secured by them was little more than half the size or that of the Republicans Saturday night. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, August 31, 1988

You can listen to a bit of Black Diamond history at noon on Labor Day when Dan Palmer sings “Black Diamond Mines” at the ballpark.

The song, which the Black Diamond folk singer wrote in 1982 for the town’s centennial celebration, has five verses that tell of the early mining days in the area.

It talks of Morgan Morgans, who was the mining superintendent, 80-year-old old-time miner Dooda Vernarelli, the mining whistles, and the veins of deep, black coal.

“It’s one of my best tunes as far as audience response and recognition,” Palmer said.

Vernarelli was Palmer’s neighbor. Palmer said he and Vernarelli were talking about the song one day and Vernarelli said Palmer had to mention the mining whistles in the song. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, August 16, 1923

Holiday declared and mine will close for day

All roads lead to Newcastle next Saturday, August 15, where on that occasion the first aid and mine rescue teams of Black Diamond, Burnett, and Newcastle will contest for honors, the wining team to have the privilege of representing the Pacific Coast Coal Company at the International First Aid Meet in Salt Lake City on August 26, 27, and 28.

To give everyone an opportunity to take part in the festivities in connection with the meet, the company has declared the day a holiday, and the mines, company stores, and other activities will be closed all day. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, February 2, 1972

By Don Duncan

Matthew McTurk (left) and Richard H. Parry

Matthew McTurk (left) and Richard H. Parry

Richard H. Parry, stocky Welshman, turned 90 the other day. Parry and Matthew McTurk, 85, a wiry Scot, recalled the days when they almost really owed their souls to the company store.

Not in Appalachia, mind you. But right here in Washington State, where human moles burrowed into the ground at Roslyn, Black Diamond, Ravensdale, Wilkeson and Carbonado and the basement coal bin was as much a part the home as the kitchen icebox.

At times Parry and McTurk disagreed loudly on historical points—“Now you shut up and let me tell it”—but it was all noise and no heat; the disagreement of old, old friends. Afterward they embraced warmly. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, February 1, 1923

Drawn by Chas. Butkus

Drawn by Chas. Butkus

That the smoker scheduled for Black Diamond next Saturday night, February 3, is going to be a record-breaker, both in the crowd expected and in the excellence of the bouts, is generally conceded. In addition to the main event, a six-round tangle between Ernie Dorman of Black Diamond and J.J. Forbes of Issaquah, there are six other battles on the program.

All rounds will last for two minutes each, and with the exception of the main event the bouts are all of four rounds.

Because of an injury suffered by Len Berry in an accident this week, he will not be able to meet his brother, Bill Berry, Jr., in a four-round exhibition bout. His place will be taken by H.A. Noah, who promises to give Bill a run for his money. (more…)

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