Long time residents of Black Diamond, Judy and I love our community and the unique natural beauty and colorful history we have here. Join us in learning more about our history, local wildlife, must do hikes, conservation areas to explore and the opportunities and challenges faced by our community. Craig Goodwin

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04/11/2017

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Bill Kombol

The roof near the top of the tipple was to keep the area where the coal dropped dry. There a miner stood on what was called the "picking table" sorting the large chunks of good coal from the rock and pieces of timber which might come up with the car load. The picking table typically had a vibrating screen with about 4" square openings where the find coal passed leaving only the large pieces for the picking table operator to deal with. P.S. I speak for experience - my first job at the mine.

Craig Goodwin

Thanks Bill. My childhood experience of sorting through dirt to find Daffodil bulbs unearthed by a "digger" along a conveyor belt sounds a bit similar. Not a lot of fun but what the heck, it paid for school clothes.

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