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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The photo above shows the Ben Miller family’s homestead log cabin just south of Cumberland, about 1895. The back of the photo identifies Lula Miller, Ben Miller, Earl Miller and Grace Miller. Benjamin Miller was born in Illinois in 1860 and married Lulu D. McCracken from Oregon in 1894. The family homesteaded near Cumberland where three children were born: Earl, Grace, and Rosa. In later years Rosa (Miller) married Arthur Seliger and their marriage produced the late Ernie Seliger, the longtime, unofficial mayor of Cumberland and one of the area’s oldest coal miners, who recently passed away. My copy of this image came courtesy of Ben Miller’s grandson, Ken Miller, another coal miner, who donated the photo to the Black Diamond Historical Society where it is archived. This same image once appeared in the Society’s 1978 calendar, a popular annual series which featured 155 photo images during the years of publication between 1976 and 1988.


Thanks Bill. Great information.

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