|Title||Pacific Coast Coal Co. General Merchandise Store, Black Diamond, ca. 1915. |
|Date||ca. 1915 |
|Caption||In 1904 the Black Diamond Coal Mining Company sold the entire town of Black Diamond to the Pacific Coast Coal Company, including the company store. The company store sold merchandise to the miners which were charged to each miner's account. On payday, the credit charges were settled and the miners received the remainder of their pay.|
The store building had three floors with general merchandise, dry goods, clothing, shoes, nails, hardware, and the bookeepers office on the main floor. Hay, oats and chicken feed were kept in the basement. Upstairs were furniture and the payroll guards' living quarters.
This building was moved to the Railroad Avenue location shown here from Lawson, after that mine closed in 1910. Around 1939 Pacific Coast Company sold the homes to the miners and essentially ended the "company town" concept. The store was sold to Harry McDowell in 1942 and survived until the 1960s.
|Notes||Handwritten on image: 11748|
Typed on verso: Store at Black Diamond. Showing also "Black Diamond Store" stock and building recently taken over by the Pacific Coast Coal Co.
Signs in Image: Old Dutch Cleanser, Magic Yeast
Caption information supplied by William Kombol of Palmer Coking Coal Co.
|Subjects||Pacific Coast Coal Company--Washington (State)-- Black Diamond; General stores--Washington (State)-- Black Diamond |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Black Diamond |
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|Credit Line||Pacific Coast Company Photograph Album, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Pacific Coast Company Photograph Album |
|Physical Description||1 photographic print: b&w; 7.75 x 9.75. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original photograph as 4350 pixel TIFF image in 24-bit RGB color, resized to 700 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop CS2. |
|Photographer's Reference Number||11748 |