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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06/21/2019

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Pete Butkus

Craig: Very interesting. I would like to know more about the Rogers #3 mine. I had NO idea we were still underground mining coal in 1975.

Craig Goodwin

Pete - here are two links that you may find of interest. The first was published in 1966 in the Seattle Times and the second in 1975 as the mine closed.
https://blackdiamondhistory.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/the-rogers-no-3-an-echo-of-an-era/
https://blackdiamondhistory.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/ravensdale-mine-to-close-down-leaving-rich-deposits-behind/

Bill Kombol

Craig / Pete - Or try this - the HistoryLink.org article on the Rogers No. 3 mine: https://historylink.org/File/5461

With regard to the Ravensdale sawmill town claim, I'm not buying it. First, lumber is difficult to transport in a day before trucks. The railroad didn't arrive in Ravensdale until about 1897, thus how would lumber have moved from mill to mine before that? I'm not disputing that there might have been a mill on Ravensdale Lake (there was a resort of sorts in the early 1900s), but it would have likely served the mine next door and probably not until that mine opened, circa 1897. Michael Brathovde is the foremost Ravensdale expert who I would consult.

Craig Goodwin

Thank you Bill. I am hoping to meet with Mr. Skagen next week. I also have a list of sawmills registered as businesses with the state and nothing in Ravensdale until 1900. Several in the Hobart area earlier. Will also follow up with Mr. Brathovde.

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