Franklin Townsite

Diamond, Washington

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Take a tour through the once-thriving coal-mining community of Franklin. Things are easy once on the trail. Head up to a signed junction complete with an ore cart donated by the Palmer Coking Company. Veer left for the mine and cemetery. While there are some foundations on the right, you need permission from Palmer before doing much in the way of exploring on their land.

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"Take a tour through the once-thriving coal-mining community of Franklin.


Things are easy once on the trail. Head up to a signed junction complete with an ore cart donated by the Palmer Coking Company. Veer left for the mine and cemetery. While there are some foundations on the right, you need permission from Palmer before doing much in the way of exploring on their land."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Diamond
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Franklin Tours, The Black Diamond Historical Society, PO Box 232, Black Diamond, WA 98010; (253) 852-6763; blackdiamondmuseum.org
Local Maps: USGS Cumberland

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Jun 2018