by Pat Filer, AKCHO Awards Selection Committee Chair
For those who appreciate communing with the Great Outdoors – as well as history — historic mine tours provide a personal view of the halcyon days of the King County Coal Belt. Presented by the Black Diamond, Newcastle and Issaquah Historical Societies, residents of all ages from throughout King County and beyond participate in these enlightening and picturesque journeys into a noteworthy aspect of King County’s past.
Although the lumber industry receives the lion’s share of attention, coal was once King County’s largest industry, supplying local markets as well as the rapidly growing town of San Francisco. These areas are a vast source of labor and ethnic history, where many of the miners were recruited from Southern Europe.
The Issaquah Historical Society presents annual Historic Mine Hikes covering mining districts throughout the area. These include Tiger Mountain as well as the Olde Towne neighborhood, Mine Hill and areas near the Issaquah Creek Dam. (more…)