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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 12, 1972

Efforts were consolidated to research the formation of Cascade County at the sixth public meeting, March 30, at the Maple Valley Community Club.

About 64 residents discussed the proposed plan. They represented the area of Maple Valley, Redmond, Woodinville, Renton, Bellevue, Kent, and Issaquah.

Coordinators for Maple Valley are Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Stipp. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 11, 1922

By Geo. Watkin Evans, consulting coal mining engineer, Seattle

George Watkin Evans (1876-1951), 1924 Courtesy Seattle and Environs

George Watkin Evans, 1924

In the last installment, I discussed the coal fields of Whatcom County, the most northerly county in the State of Washington, west of the Cascade Mountains. This time we will group the two counties to the south of Whatcom County, namely, Skagit and Snohomish counties. This is done for the reason that the coal development within these two counties so far has been rather unimportant from a commercial standpoint.

Skagit County: Near the town of Hamilton, on the Great Northern Railroad which traverses the Skagit River valley, is a coal deposit which outcrops on the north and south sides of the Skagit River. About twenty years or more ago, considerable prospecting was done on the south side of Skagit River in a district called Coal Creek and Coal Mountain. No attempt has been made within this area to mine coal on a commercial scale. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 4, 1923

By George Watkin Evans

George Watkin Evans (1876-1951), 1924 Courtesy Seattle and Environs

George Watkin Evans, 1924

There are two principal theories of coal formation, one called the Drift Theory and the other In Situ.

There are advocates of both theories, and personally I believe that each is right within limits. I am of the opinion that some coal beds have been formed in the places where we now find them, whereas in other instances, the vegetable matter which constitutes the coal bed grew in another spot and has been transported by water to the place where we now find the coal.

In the Drift Theory it is assumed that the vegetable matter grew in one spot and a current of water carried the decaying vegetal material and deposited it some distance from the spot on which it grew.

One argument for this theory is that there are many partings of shale and other impurities in some of our coal beds and again some of the coal itself is very heavy in ash. It is reasoned that if the material was not carried by currents and deposited some distance from the place where it grew that the partings of shale and other impurities would not be associated with the coal. (more…)

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