During coal's hay day during the early 1900's, the town of Ravensdale had a population of nearly 1,000 residents. Coupled with nearby Georgetown and Danville, the area is also reported to have supported 11 saloons and 3 dancehalls. Sounds like a pretty happening town, especially for single miners. The "George" seems to have gained the greatest notoriety.
Photo courtesy Roger Parry and the Black Diamond Historical Society, circa 1912
Unfortunately, just 3 years later in 1915, an explosion in the Ravensdale mine resulted in the loss of life of 31 men and mine closure. Though mining was later resumed in Ravensdale, the town was never the same - pretty laid back you might say, much as it is today. Add the impact of prohibition, being in the saloon business would not be where you would want to invest at the time.