May 11, 2011

Roslyn Coal Miner

In honor of the coal miners in Roslyn, WA

Roslyn was founded with the discovery of coal and the coming of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1886.  The town's population swelled dramatically in those first decades, from a few hundred in 1886 to about 4000 people in the 1920's.

The Roslyn coal field attracted men from coal mining regions in other parts of the United States and from nations with well developed coal industries.   Forty percent of the population in 1900 was foreign born, mostly Slavic, Italian and English immigrants.  In fact, 24 nationalities have been recorded living in Roslyn at one time.  Sprawling across wooded hills on the outskirts of town lie the 25 cemeteries, still segregated as to ethnic origin or lodge affiliation.


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