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Top works of the Gem coal mine

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 29, 2013

By Bill Kombol

Coal was discovered near Franklin in 1880 and the underground mines were established shortly thereafter. 140 more words

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Close friendship spans decades for pair of Black Diamond seniors

Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 16, 2002

By Jessica Keller

Emma Becker Sigmund and Everett “Evie” Swann remember playing in the alley behind their Black Diamond houses and going to school together when they were kids. 527 more words

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The Planks.

I feel myself plummeting down this narrow sketchy patch of snow and ice, the lift line at the bottom of the run is approaching a lot faster than I would expect or like. 427 more words

A Trapp Family Hike

A part of the Trapp family property I wanted to make sure to see was the family graveyard where Maria von Trapp is buried. In her biography, she talks of her husband’s death and how he was buried on the family property. 599 more words

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Green River Gorge Bridge and Bridal Veil Falls, ca. 1923

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 24, 2016

By Bill Kombol

This image by Clark Kinsey shows the Green River Gorge Bridge and Bridal Veil Falls, circa 1923. 229 more words

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Kummer Bridge, built June 1932 to Oct. 1933

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 17, 2016

By Bill Kombol

The Kummer Bridge was built from June 1932 to October 1933 to provide a more direct route between Black Diamond and Enumclaw. 193 more words

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Killed by fall from trestle

Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, January 2, 1906

Mike Johnson, a miner at Franklin, stumbles while crossing railroad bridge and falls eighty feet… 183 more words

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