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King County Landmarks: Miner's Cabin (1910), Black Diamond

Address: 24311 Morgan Street, Black Diamond. The mineworkers in Black Diamond's coal mines lived, for the most part, in simple wood frame houses. Once prevalent, few of these houses remain today, and ...

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King County Landmarks: Newcastle Cemetery (1879), Newcastle

Address: south of 69th Way off 129th Avenue SE, Newcastle. Few structures remain today which evoke suburban Newcastle's origins as a mining center. Discovered in 1863, by 1883 the Newcastle mines prod...

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King County Landmarks: Pacific Coast Coal Company Administration Building (1927), Maple Valley

Address: 18825 SE Maple Valley Highway, Maple Valley. The Pacific Coast Coal Company administration building is the only intact structure associated with the once-active coal industry in the Cedar Riv...

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King County Landmarks: Pacific Coast Coal Company House No. 75 (Baima House) (ca. 1880), Newcastle

Address: 7210 138th Avenue SE, Newcastle. Coal mining first began in this region in the 1860s in Newcastle, a company town named for the famous English coal city. Once part of a bustling town located ...

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King County Landmarks: Town of Selleck (1908-1939), Kangley vicinity

Address: North of Kangley on Kangley Road which turns into 348th Street. In 1908, the Pacific States Lumber Company built the town of Selleck around a new lumber mill located northeast of Black Diamon...

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Lake Union (Seattle) Tour

This is a tour of Seattle's historic South Lake Union neighborhood, including the Cascade neighborhood and portions of the Denny Regrade. It was written and curated by Paula Becker with the assistance...

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Lawson Mine Disaster (November 6, 1910): Official Investigative Reports

Sixteen men, all foreign-born, were killed on November 6, 1910, in an explosion at the Lawson Coal Mine in Black Diamond in east King County. The following is excerpted from the "State Inspector of Co...

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Limestone Quarrying and Limemaking in the San Juan Islands

For more than 60 years -- from 1860 until the 1920s -- San Juan County was the principal lime-producing area in the state of Washington. The San Juan Islands were ideal for the manufacture and transpo...

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Log Cowboy: A Story of Lake Union and Lake Washington by Dorothea Nordstrand

This story about Vern Nordstrand (1918-2009) and his job locating and returning stray logs to their log booms on Seattle's Lake Union and Lake Washington was contributed by Vern's widow, Dorothea Nord...

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Longview -- Thumbnail History

The city of Longview is located at the confluence of the Cowlitz and the Columbia rivers in western Cowlitz County, 66 miles upriver from the Pacific Ocean and 67 miles south of Olympia, the state cap...

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Magnesite Mining in Stevens County (1916-1968) by J. E. (Jess) Buchanan

J. E. Buchanan (1904-1986) wrote this account for The Pacific Northwesterner where it appeared in Vol. 25, No. 3 (Summer 1981). It is reprinted here with kind permission. Born in Iowa, Buchanan was br...

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Monohon -- Thumbnail History

Monohon was a mill town located in eastern King County on the southeastern shore of Lake Sammamish. The town was named after Martin Monohon, who homesteaded on the site in 1877. By 1911, Monohon had...

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