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05/18/2018

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Bill Kombol

Palmer Coking Coal Company's founding fathers cut their teeth in the coal mines at Spiketon, successor name to Pittsburg, whose spelling was intentional.

Craig Goodwin

Thanks Bill!

Brianna S

I vaguely remember the old Flume remains coming down from Montezuma when I was a kid and we went out to the area and to the old mine site in the 80's. There were a lot more homes and buildings out there too before they tore them all down after the railroad got pulled. I've been wanting to hike up the old trail (probably way overgrown now!), but I noticed they've really gone wild with the No Trespassing rules now. I'll need to dig up whom to seek permission from to get up there again one of these days. I see it's all been changing hands to Fairfax LLC, Carbon Glacier Club, and Three Forks LLC. I thought I remembered it was all unified under one owner at one point in the past decade. I'm unsure what happened there.

Spiketon is all private land, and there's nothing much to see on foot or driving up there. Google Maps is nice for this. Pierce County's GIS shows that the road itself is still legally publicly owned and public access (Along with several other abandoned curves that are probably the old RR sections; it's a mess, as usual for these areas in the GIS) to the town site (despite lots of scary looking No Trespassing signs), but it eventually dead ends well before the creek, and following the right of way by foot to the creek where the crossing used to be from that side is not really worth it. It's a lot easier to stay on the right of way from the N side of the creek if you want to look for traces of the old road crossing there.

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