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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02/18/2014

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John Anderson

What a great series on railroads of our region. It is fascinating to see the crucial role they played in development of the area. Enumclaw got its start with the establishment of a Northern Pacific siding and depot here. Before that, we had to cross dangerous rivers to get supplies from Wilkeson or sell vegetables to Frankilin, both of which already had rail service.

One current legacy of the early railroads is an amazing set multipurpose trails on the old rights of way. The Foothills Trail in Enumclaw, Buckley, Orting, and Puyallup follows the Northern Pacific line, while the Cedar River Trail on the other side of Black Diamond uses the railbed of the electric Milwaukee Road. Other sections of that trail take you over several high trestles and through a long tunnel under Snoqualmie Pass https://vimeo.com/45983286 , and over in Idaho over 7 trestles and 9 trestles on the Route of the Hiawatha. https://vimeo.com/69352841

Craig

Very informative. Thanks John for sharing.

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