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

Indication of the wide-spreading use of Diamond Briquets is seen in the growing demand for this fuel for consumption in the smudge pots of Yakima Valley orchards. Each spring, during the budding and blossoming season, Yakima orchardists strive to save their crops from the ravages of late frosts by the use of smudge pots placed beneath the flower-laden trees. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 14, 1923

If working a shift in Black Diamond Mine was no harder for the four men shown above than it was for them to pose for this picture, there would always be a mad scramble among the men to see who could get the first man-trip down.

At the left we introduce to you, George Belt, and next to him, Fred Cunningham, a former Issaquah miner. The man next in line is R.E. “Curly” Campbell and the young Hercules at the extreme right is Darwin Walton. (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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