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Fairlane500
11-29-2009, 03:06 PM
King County in Washington is today known as the population and technological center of Washington state, home to Seattle, Bellevue, Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks, to mention just a handful of important modern giants.
However, thirty miles to the southeast lies a sleepy region that harks back to the early industrial prominence of the county. Before airplanes, computers, and coffee took over, the northwest's economy was ruled by two things, lumber and coal. In the tiny communities southeast of Seattle, this legacy still shines through in a variety of relics, which I tried to document this past weekend.

Black Diamond (Not really a ghost town, but neat nonetheless):

Today, sleepy Black Diamond serves as the primary community in this region of the county. Though only a speck of a town, it by far is much more prominent than its neighbors.
Black Diamond started as a coal city in the 1880's, and received a rail connection in 1884. By 1900, the town had approximately 3,500 residents, almost all employed by the Black Diamond coal Company, which sold out in 1904 to the Pacific Coast Company.
The demand for coal stayed strong up until the great depression, when oil came to prominence, and the mines at Black Diamond had all closed their doors by 1958. Today, the town is a small bedroom community with 3,970 residents, but maintains its character through many preserved buildings from its heyday.

A view down the old main street, Railroad Avenue. The Black Diamond Bakery on the left has been in operation since 1902.
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/9123/p1060125b.jpg

Ravensdale (Semi-ghost):

Coal mining in Ravensdale, originally named Leary, began around 1899, and a post office opened in 1901. A variety of mining operations were operated in the town's vicinity, playing host to a population of around 1,000 residents, and the local mining proved to be persistent, with the last shaft closing in 1975, marking the end of underground coal mining in Washington State.
Today, Ravensdale is also a bedroom community with 816 residents, and while putting less effort into embracing its past, also plays host to numerous historic buildings.

Numerous company houses still line Ravensdale Way on its way through town:
http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/1348/p1060126v.jpg

http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/5185/p1060127edited1.jpg

http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/3148/p1060128edited1.jpg

Expect more to follow!

Fairlane500
11-29-2009, 03:23 PM
Continuing on with Ravensdale:

One of the few commercial buildings still standing. The company houses are just up the hill along the road:
http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/4056/p1060129edited1.jpg

The Ravensdale Market at the main crossroads in town, an area that was at one time known as the separate community of Georgetown:
http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/6334/p1060134edited1.jpg

What appears to be an old commercial building in Georgetown now converted to a church:
http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/7405/p1060135edited1.jpg

Next to come, the lumber town of Selleck.

Darin
11-29-2009, 05:40 PM
Bravo! Well done post and great pics for sure. Thanks for sharing and can't wait to see more. Need to go out there myself since the last time I was out in BD was like 1982. That bakery had some of the best food and I still like that old 2-cell jail they have/had...not sure if it's still there or not. ;)

danny_stoddard
11-30-2009, 06:36 AM
interesting! thanks!

Fairlane500
12-01-2009, 08:02 AM
Darin: I believe the jail is still there. I didn't actually ay any attention, as I was just on my way through. The next time I'm around I think I'll have to stop and get some more pictures.

On with a couple more little towns:

Selleck (Semi-ghost):

This community was founded in 1908 by Pacific States Lumber Company, and centered around a new lumber mill operated by the company. In the town's heyday, somewhere near 900 company workers and their families lived in the town, including a large number of Japanese workers that lived in an area known as Lavender Town. At one time the town was home to a school, hotel, community hall, and hospital.
The town's prosperity lasted until 1939 when the mill went bankrupt, and the entire town was sold into private hands. Today, the town is still owned by one entity, Selleck Inc, maintains one of the best preserved conglomerations of mill town structures in the state, and is home to a population of about 90 people.

The school at Selleck, now converted to apartments:
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/3203/p1060136edited1.jpg

A row of company houses. Unfortunately I was getting some funny looks from residents, and didn't manage to get better pictures, I'll have to try my luck again some time:
http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/5870/p1060137edited1.jpg

Cumberland (Semi-ghost):

Not too much can be found about this little town. Its post office was established in 1894, and the town was centered around the Northern Pacific and Milwaukee Railroad and the local mining industry. The 1920 census registered 255 residents in Cumberland.
A rail spur still runs through the town, and a handful of business still operate, including the City hall Saloon, which originally opened in 1893 as a hotel for coal miners.

Sleepy Downtown Cumberland:
http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/5525/p1060138edited2.jpg

Cumberland Grocery with the railroad in the background:
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/117/p1060139edited1.jpg

Davidw
12-01-2009, 06:49 PM
[QUOTE=Fairlane500;45593]Darin: I believe the jail is still there. I didn't actually ay any attention, as I was just on my way through. The next time I'm around I think I'll have to stop and get some more pictures.

Yes, it is still there. It's part of the museum.

Fairlane500
12-02-2009, 08:01 AM
Here's one more little town in the area.

Kanaskat (Near-Ghost):

Not much is written of this little town, except for that it was a railroading town along the Northern Pacific Railroad. Over the course on 90 years, the town possessed four different train stations, of which only post-war brick station stands along the abandoned former railroad right-of-way. Supposedly a handful of other railroad structures also still stand.

The NPRR station at Kanaskat:
http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/3932/p1060140edited1.jpg

The station and an outbuilding:
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/1884/p1060141edited1.jpg

I've got one more to post for now, and I plan on visiting the area for a few more pictures in the near future.

Darin
12-02-2009, 09:47 AM
Funny how that NPRR is right next to the road. The first thing that came to mind was how sad it is that we drive by it on a daily basis and probably never even think about what the building is/was (history-wise), just taking the building for granted as it sits there. :(

Plenty of sun for pics today though...and a mere 35deg, too. :D

Fairlane500
12-02-2009, 01:35 PM
This last one is a bit of a mystery. Old maps and a history I came across list the town of Durham as located between Kanaskat and the hamlet of Kangley, however, it appears to have been across the railroad grade from this conglomeration of buildings. For all I know, this may have never have been a town, but just has the appearance of one.

An empty old residence:
http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/480/p1060143edited1.jpg

An old store building at the grouping's center. This is what clued me in on the possibility of a town site:
http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/8531/p1060144edited1.jpg

Does anyone have any ideas? My best guess is it could be a store relocated from Durham after the closing of the mines, and the dereliction of the town, but that's just a guess.

Fairlane500
12-23-2009, 08:27 PM
After a little bit of an adventure, I have some more photos from a handful of little towns a little bit to the north of the previous group.

High Point

In 1905 the High Point Mill Company opened a shingle mill on Tiger Mountain to the east of Issaquah, followed by a sawmill in 1910. A community developed around the mills, and at one point hosted company housing, a store, and a hotel. In addition, America's second longest incline railway was constructed to get logs down off the mountain.
Unfortunately, the supply of wood began to dry up around 1928, and in 1932 a fire destroyed the mills. A second operation, albeit smaller, was opened in 1936, and operated until 1957 when it was bought by the state.
This purchase was a part of the construction of US Highway 10, which obliterated the site of the mill.
As a result, today only one side road with a handful of company homes still exists as a reminder of the community at High Point.

The remaining company homes:
http://img686.imageshack.us/img686/452/p1060224.jpg

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/9789/p1060225.jpg

RedDogSaloon
12-24-2009, 01:44 AM
Thats very sad to see the old Kanasket NP maintenance building in that shape. I used to drive by it once or twice a year up through the early 1990's. Back when, it was a used building and stored RR equipment including an NP speeder, tools, etc. One time my friend and I lucked out and a RR worker was there with the doors opened so we stopped. We spent about half an hour conversing about the NP. Inside the building was tons of great old railroadiana, much of it pre-dating WWII. He gave my friend a 1 or 2 gallon sized N.P.Ry. marked oil can and I got an marked kerosene lantern and a steel Adlake lock. He occasionally cleaned the excess junk out and had to throw away stuff, so we intended to try and get over there occasionally to go through it but never did. Now it looks completely gutted and empty.



Kanaskat (Near-Ghost):

The NPRR station at Kanaskat:
http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/3932/p1060140edited1.jpg

Fairlane500
12-24-2009, 02:44 PM
It's unfortunate how quickly historic buildings around Seattle seem to be disappearing, which is a Part of why I've been trying to go around and photograph what is to be seen. For example, it may not be too long before nothing of this next community is left.

Monohon

In 1889 the Allen & Nelson sawmill opened along the shore of what was then Squak Lake, now Lake Sammamish. A surrounding company town developed with housing, a school, a store, a meeting hall, a hotel, and a train depot.
A fire in 1925, however, destroyed almost all of the community and mill. The mill was rebuilt, but was devastated by fire again in 1944 and 1980, when the mill closed its doors. The rest of the town was never rebuilt.
A handful of the houses survived the first fire, and today, as far as I could tell, one remains standing at the site, which has been overtaken by suburbs.

Views of the site of Monohon:
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/3880/p1060237nb.jpg

http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/5176/p1060239t.jpg

The remaining company house:
http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/3932/p1060238l.jpg

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/7048/p1060240g.jpg

Fairlane500
01-09-2010, 07:14 AM
On to the next little sawmill community:

Preston
In 1896, the Preston Shingle Mill moved its site to a community known as Saint Louis in the hills to the east of present day Issaquah, and the town was renamed in favor of the sawmill, becoming Preston. In 1901, a sawmill was added nearby at at area known as Upper Preston.
The operation at Upper Preston suffered numerous fires and a major flood, and closed in 1932, but the original operation, which had also added a sawmill, continued operations until closing in 1992, when the property was sold to King County.
Today numerous historic buildings from the surrounding company town remain, and Preston continues to live on as a bedroom community for nearby Bellevue and Seattle.

An old barn at Preston:
http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/6467/p1060228.jpg (http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/6467/p1060228.jpg)

A row of company houses:
http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/1214/p1060227e.jpg (http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/1214/p1060227e.jpg)

The community hall, built in 1939 as a WPA project:
http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/1952/p1060230.jpg (http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/1952/p1060230.jpg)

The Raging River Community Church in Preston:
http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/4879/p1060229.jpg (http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/4879/p1060229.jpg)

Fairlane500
01-14-2010, 04:14 PM
Continuing with Preston...

The site of the Preston Mill:
http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/8611/p1060232.jpg

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/3356/p1060231d.jpg

A quiet side street lined with company homes:
http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/3255/p1060234q.jpg

Fairlane500
01-21-2010, 05:56 PM
Going back to the community of Selleck, one of my first posts, I have a few more pictures of the company homes still standing at the site:

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/3913/p1060421y.jpg

http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/5272/p1060422.jpg

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/4142/p1060423.jpg

RedDogSaloon
01-22-2010, 01:51 AM
Great pics here - of course practically in my back yard.

Fairlane500
01-22-2010, 07:29 AM
Time for another revisit, this time to Kanaskat, where the depot stands forlorn and empty:

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/3447/p1060424.jpg

And, a new find for me, the old NPRR water tower still stands hidden amongst the trees:
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/4549/p1060425.jpg

http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/1903/p1060426.jpg

Lastly, the regal "new" NPRR bridge spanning the Green River between Kanaskat and nearby Palmer:
http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/7778/p1060428l.jpg

Darin
01-22-2010, 09:42 AM
Now this is a real treat, especially in my back yard! :-)

Great photos of the bridge and water tower!!!

Fairlane500
01-25-2010, 10:28 AM
Revisiting the little town of Cumberland, this is one of the few businesses remaining in town, the City Hall Saloon, which was established in 1893:
http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/1210/p1060432s.jpg

Fairlane500
01-26-2010, 05:06 PM
Another bit of a mystery town here:

Veazie (Full Ghost)

I can't find much about this community, only that it was at the center of a hops growing area, and that it once had a school, store, and train depot. I judged the location based on a an early map of King county that displayed the approximate location of the depot on the line between Cumberland and Enumclaw.

The main clue towards it's existence comes from Veazie-Cumberland Road, which terminates near this location.

The approximate area where the depot was, note the farmland still active in the background:
http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/3197/p1060436.jpg

My best guess has it that the depot would have once been in this photo:
http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/2651/p1060434.jpg

A siding at the location leading into some form of quarry:
http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/8271/p1060435l.jpg

A better view of the quarry at Veazie:
http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/1083/p1060437a.jpg

Fairlane500
02-01-2010, 07:06 AM
Krain (Semi-Ghost)

Krain (also known as Krain Corner) was founded around a crossroads in the farming region north of Enumclaw. A church at one time stood, along with a cemetery that still exists, which dates to approximately 1901. An inn and restaurant also still stands at the main intersection, and has been in operation since 1916.

I apologize for the photo quality, the sun was low in the winter sky, and I did my best to edit out what glare I could.

A gas station which stands kitty-corner to the inn:
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/9402/p1060439edited1.jpg

An abandoned home also at the main crossroads:
http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/961/p1060438edited1.jpg

SiloStv
03-09-2010, 01:41 PM
Selleck is creapy... same thing, we drove through on a Sunday around 3:30pm.... I don't think I ever felt more eyes on me in my life. The wife and i were getting worried, she swore she heard banjo music...

Dave A
03-09-2010, 06:41 PM
Just a guess, but the quarry looks like it was probably for ballast on the RR, but could have been for general aggragate production. Appears the rock was not too hard and would crush easily.

Fairlane500
03-15-2010, 04:10 AM
Just a guess, but the quarry looks like it was probably for ballast on the RR, but could have been for general aggragate production. Appears the rock was not too hard and would crush easily.

That sounds like a quite plausible theory to me. I know the Milwaukee Road had a similar facility at Ragnar on the approaches to Snoqualmie Pass.

Tsarevna
03-22-2010, 02:04 AM
Very nice pictures, thanks for sharing. :)

Fairlane500
12-07-2011, 05:48 PM
Proving that the hunt for information always continues to provide results, I have an update.

I can confirm that the "mystery store" on the first page of this thread is what is left of Durham. And in fact, at one time it was a gas station with a large sign that advertised another vanished community to the west known as Elk Coal.

Goes to show, you never know what you're going to find.

Vicki DeBoer
06-15-2012, 04:48 AM
On to the next little sawmill community:

Preston
In 1896, the Preston Shingle Mill moved its site to a community known as Saint Louis in the hills to the east of present day Issaquah, and the town was renamed in favor of the sawmill, becoming Preston. In 1901, a sawmill was added nearby at at area known as Upper Preston.
The operation at Upper Preston suffered numerous fires and a major flood, and closed in 1932, but the original operation, which had also added a sawmill, continued operations until closing in 1992, when the property was sold to King County.
Today numerous historic buildings from the surrounding company town remain, and Preston continues to live on as a bedroom community for nearby Bellevue and Seattle.

An old barn at Preston:
http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/6467/p1060228.jpg (http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/6467/p1060228.jpg)

A row of company houses:
http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/1214/p1060227e.jpg (http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/1214/p1060227e.jpg)

The community hall, built in 1939 as a WPA project:
http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/1952/p1060230.jpg (http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/1952/p1060230.jpg)

The Raging River Community Church in Preston:
http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/4879/p1060229.jpg (http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/4879/p1060229.jpg)

These photos and information are dear to my heart. I grew up in Upper Preston, and our home had been the company store during the years of the sawmill having business up there. We were right next to the area where the old school was still standing. Before its demise, it was at the very least the location of the Ground Observer Corp phone station. The old gym, wood shed, and industrial arts buildings were also still there, although boarded up. What adventures we had as children, living there.