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Prepared for the membership of the PNR-NMRA, September 13, 1958

By H.A. Durfy

Coal—black diamonds—a source of heat, light, power, medicines, and many more products too numerous to mention here. This was the beginning of the Pacific Coast R.R. Co., upon which you are riding today. Of course, like other railroads, the Pacific Coast R.R. Co. was not always known by the present title, and we want to lead you through the background and the beginnings of the railroad. (more…)

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Briquetville occupied 20 acres east of the Shuffleton steam plant

Briquetville occupied 20 acres east of the Shuffleton steam plant—an area today that partly encompasses Gene Coulon Park.

Briquetville

Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, April 2010

By Ken Jensen

Drive by the south end of Lake Washington and the change is dramatic. What once was the blue-collar domicile of heavy manufacturing behemoths PACCAR and Boeing now includes The Landing, Fry’s, Lowe’s, and luxury condos and apartments. Though Boeing’s facilities still occupy the lion’s share of the lakefront, gigantic, nondescript buildings have given way to lively restaurants, a fitness center, and a 14-screen movie theatre.

Boeing’s former neighbor to the west, the 1929 coal-fired Shuffleton power plant, met its demise in 2001.

But just up the street, Gene Coulon Park’s still there—a part of the social fabric of Renton for what seems like forever. But before the park, before the area was a dumping ground for logs and boats—go back nearly a century and that’s where Black Diamond coal enters the story. (more…)

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