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Roslyn Black History

The Roslyn High School class of 1920 poses proudly for a picture. Seated front row left is Miss Maude Echols, born in 1902, was the daughter of Moses P. and Lula Echols. Musically talented, Maude was active in both school and church. The Echols…

Crowds gathered on the wooden sidewalks during the summer of 1899 in Roslyn, Washington for the annual lodge parade. Looking north up Idaho Avenue toward the towering Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the various lodges prepared to march…

On Sunday, October 3, 1909, one of the worst coal mine explosions occured in Roslyn. Eleven men lost their lives, five hundred men were out of work, and damage was estimated at $150,000.

Power house and the old shaft at coal mine No. 4 in Roslyn.

A coal miner operates a coal train in mine No. 5 at Roslyn. Hundreds of loaded coal cars were pulled from the mines each day during peak mining years.

Loaded coal train cars were routed out of the mines far below the surface. By 1917 the trains were operated by electric engines. These coal trains are shown at the entrance of mine No. 8 in Roslyn.

The boiler and hoist houses at Roslyn's No. 8 coal mine during the winter of 1917.

The hoist house, foreman's office, oil house and miner's waiting room of Roslyn coal ming No. 8 during the winter of 1917.

The hoist house, forman's office, oil house and miner's waiting room of Roslyn's coal mine No. 8 during the winter of 1917.

Telegram sent from Tacoma, Washington Territory on December 30, 1888 to John Kangley of Streator, Illinois: "In taking the new drivers to Roslyn this afternoon Ronald and Williamson were surrounded and knocked senseless by strikers and disarmed. …

A band and fraternal organization parade past the grocery and dry goods store, Eureka and Palace Hotels on Pennsylvania Avenue, Roslyn, 1889.

Harriet Jackson Taylor (right), born in Richmond, Virginia in 1871, arrived in Roslyn, Washington Territory in September 1888 with other wives and families of Black miners. Later Harriet Taylor married David C.Williams, a miner. The small boy is…

Roslyn saloons were popular early day recreation centers for men. After the mine strikes were ended miners and their families, both African-American and other ethnic groups, lived peacefully.

This Roslyn school photograph taken in 1894 shows a large class of 27 children with one male teacher.

City of Roslyn looking west across No. 8 tipple in 1922. A Northern Pacific Railroad spur line curves gracefully in the City of Roslyn from the Northwestern Improvement Company's No. 8 mine tipple.

Coal was discovered in 1883 on land owned by the Northern Pacific Railway Company. The company located several mines in 1886. The town of Roslyn was established during these years and was dedicated on November 22, 1886 and incorporated in 1890 with…

Officials and coal mine inspectors visit a Roslyn mine. Weight, quality and other information were obtained during the mine inspections to regulate costs of coal and the safety of the mines.

ca. 1897
This saloon was located in Ronald, Washington, a neighboring community of Roslyn. The photograph was taken in the late winter ca. 1897.

Ethel Williams Craven (1906-1993) stands with her husband Sam (1895-1969) on the porch of their Roslyn home. Ethel's mother arrived in Roslyn during the 1888 coal mine strikes. Sam Craven's family arrived in Roslyn in 1922. Ethel was a life long…

ca. 1885
Samuel T. Packwood and his wife Margaret Holmes Packwood were early pioneer in Kittitas County. He was the County Sheriff during the strikes of 1888 and 1889. He was often called to Roslyn to execute the law in order to ease the explosive…