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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 23, 2007

By Barbara Nilson

The town of Fairfax, declared the “prettiest mining town around,” showing the turn-table at the extreme right above center. Mine buildings are in front and the school is on the left. Carbon River runs through the trees at the top or the photo. (Original copy from Mr. and Mrs. Tony Basselli.) Photo courtesy of Steve Meitzler, Heritage Quest Press, Orting, WA., publisher of the book, Carbon River Coal Country.

Riding the Northern Pacific Railroad to the upper end of the Carbon River Canyon or tooling along to Mount Rainier in a Model T, tourists would pass close to three mining towns: Melmont, Fairfax, and Montezuma.

First, beyond Carbonado, was Melmont, situated between the Carbon River and the NPR line. A bridge spanning the Carbon River ran between the company hotel and the saloon with the depot and school on the hillside above. On the left end of the bridge was the road connecting to Fairfax. This bridge was nearly a little beyond the high bridge which spans the canyon today. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 9, 2007

By Barbara Nilson

The remodeled company store for the Pacific Coast Coal Co. built around 1890 in Burnett now houses the "Pinch Plum" gift shop.

The remodeled company store for the Pacific Coast Coal Co. built around 1890 in Burnett now houses the “Pinch Plum” gift shop. — Photo by Barbara Nilson.

In 1891 the former mining town of Burnett, located about two and a half miles from Wilkeson and 6 miles from Enumclaw, estimated its population at 400 people. Today possibly less than 100 people live in the 32 homes with water hookups. Some of the homes are still the miner’s cottages from the turn of the century when it was an important coal-mining center.

It was situated on the Burnett branch of the Northern Pacific railroad and was sustained by the mines of Pacific Coast Coal Co. that employed around 300 men. There were several business places in upper Burnett, including the company store, which has been remodeled into The Pinch Plum gift shop by Jay and Dailene Argo. Argo, who bought the building in 1977, said he tried to keep the building as authentic as possible. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 3, 1996

Jim Storer of CJ's Bakery in Black Diamond is showing off some of the baked goods that he has prepared and are ready for the oven. We can all smell the aroma and can't wait to taste all the goodies.

Jim Storer of CJ’s Bakery in Black Diamond is showing off some of the baked goods that he has prepared and are ready for the oven. We can all smell the aroma and can’t wait to taste all the goodies.

“Look! Right there behind the glass counter! Could it be?! Yes … I do believe it’s … real New York style cheesecake!”

Several months ago, Black Diamond got wind of the news that the Black Diamond Sports Shop was moving just down the road, and that their old building would be home to CJ’s Bakery. For weeks, folks salivated when passing the “Open Soon” sign. Then, just seven weeks ago, the irresistible aroma of freshly baked bread wafting out the front door announced the wait was over. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 4, 2002

By Barbara Nilson

The Tahoma baseball team of 1940 was largely made up of Ravensdale residents. They are: (front row) Gino Tedesco, Frank Primozich, Bob Lang, Gene Collins, Wally Habenicht, unknown, and Larry Krall; (second row) Otto Moore, coach; Frank Pooleskie and Louie Wallace; (back row) Frank Pichinini, Walt Olsen, Charles Fore, Kal Tantari, Bill Sweeney, Ed Kuhuski, and Tommy Lee — Photo compliments of the Maple Valley Historical Society

Memories will be flying fast and furious, Sunday, Sept. 15, as folks gather for the annual Ravensdale Reunion, 1 p.m., at the Maple Valley Community Center, corner of Witte Road S.E. and S.E. 248th St. The reunion is sponsored by the Maple Valley Historical Society.

No program is planned for the afternoon, just a chance to get-together over a cup of coffee and visit, share introductions and a tale or two over the open mic. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 29, 1979

By Margaret Winings

Black Diamond is gearing up for its annual Labor Day celebration Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3. “Labor Day is really for the kids in this town,” said Sue Capponi, assistant to chairman Evan Morris. “The miners started doing this for their kids years and years ago.”

Peanuts, candy, coke, and ice cream are still free for the kids of all ages who come to help celebrate.

Activities will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday morning with a baseball tournament. So far teams from Black Diamond and Enumclaw are registered, according to Tom Dodd. They will try to unseat last year’s winner, DeGross Construction of Enumclaw. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Eagle, June 7, 1989

BLACK DIAMOND — Plans for the annual Black Diamond Labor Day celebration are on schedule, with a partial list of events that includes a soap-box derby, skateboard competitions, and the annual parade.

Committee spokeswoman Ann Steiert said other events scheduled for the three-day weekend include the search for royalty to reign over the festivities, a tug-o-war, volleyball and baseball games, kids’ sports, food and concession booths, bingo and a walkers’ contest.

The soap-box derby contest, although popular, is being revised due to last year’s small turnout, Steiert said. The allowable ages for competitors has been extended, with categories for 8- to 12-year-olds, 12- to 18-year-olds, and a new, 18-and-over category. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 1994

By Heather Larson

Left to right: Jennifer Simmons, Danny Simmons, and Ashley Petersen prepare to enter the parade route in their horse-drawn wagon representing Four Corners Safeway.

Black Diamond celebrated Labor Day weekend with a fever this year. After having last year’s event cancelled for lack of volunteers, no holds were barred. Something for everyone was offered during the 4 days from a fish dinner on Friday night to a bed race on Sunday and a parade down the Maple Valley Highway on Monday.

On Saturday amid torrential downpours the Black Diamond Police challenged the Black Diamond Fire Department to a softball game. Since the police, who chose to be called the DARE Devils, didn’t have the manpower to field a team, other police officers who live in Black Diamond were asked to help out. So King County, Bellevue, and Seattle Police Departments were also represented on the team.

According to Black Diamond officer Glenn Dickson, the highlight of the game was the 8-foot mud pit behind first base.

It was really wet and muddy, but a good time was had by all, said Dickson.

The DARE Devils beat the Hosers 13 to 9 at the first annual baseball game. (more…)

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