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Last updated 11/5/2021 at 10:29am

Photo courtesy of Teresa A. Anderson

A memorial to miners in Black Diamond, Wash.

At the Black Diamond Museum in King County, a memorial commemorates men killed in coal mines. They went to work to make a living for themselves and their families, and one day weren't able to get back home.

There were too many names to count, but I estimated there were about 1,200 men on that memorial who went to work and died there.

Nor was coal mining the only occupation where a fatal accident was possible. Loggers, fishermen, railroad men, mill workers all had occupations where a fatal accident was possible – even likely.

My interest in history does not include any desire to go back...

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