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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07/02/2017

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Rich

Craig I have a question. If you count up all the towns in the greater Black Diamond coal belt you find that close to half were logging towns and about half were coal towns. (For example Kangly was a coal town and Seleck was a logging town).

But when the coal towns started to fade out in the early 1900's the logging towns also started to fade and die out at the same time.

I wonder why this is, I mean it's unlikely lumber ran out at the same time coal did. Maybe the coal companies were the only ones with enough money to support railroad infrastructure?

Craig Goodwin

Thanks for your question. I am certainly no expert but I'm not sure about any correlation between the fading of both logging and coal, except perhaps the great depression. Coal continued on for some time in Black Diamond, Ravensdale and Cedar Mountain area. The Selleck sawmill closed more as a result of shutting down logging in the Cedar River watershed to protect City of Seattle water supplies. Forests were logged out in time while plenty of coal remained to be mined, though the economics may not have penciled out.

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