Nestled in the Cascade foothills of southeast King County, the town of Black Diamond provides a glimpse of 19th-century life in a former frontier mining town. A Listen4Culture site, the town has a rich local history and many hidden treasures to explore. The historical depot museum features a variety of artifacts from the area’s coal mining history, and offers a walking tour guide of local historic sites. Take a walk through the Black Diamond Cemetery (a National Landmark); just the thing to get you in the Holloween spirit! And don’t forget to visit the historic Black Diamond Bakery for lunch, or some tasty fresh baked treats.
On your way to, or from, the town be sure to take a drive along Green Valley Road one of King County’s new heritage corridors. A beautiful autumn drive, this road will take you past the little community of Kummer, where Gladding McBean operated silicon sand mines, and Flaming Geyser State Park, an early auto camp. Plenty to see and do in south King County this fall!
Photo courtesy of Holly Taylor, 2008