In the late 1880s when No. 3 coal mine opened, the town of Ronald was created. Named after Alexander Ronald, Superintendent of the Northwestern Improvement Company, the town was a supply center for miners and their families. The miners built their small homes on N.W.I. Co. land. The first school was opened in May 1890 with 49 students and one teacher. Roslyn-Cascade Coal Mine opened in 1898 west of No. 3 mine which added greatly to the increase in Ronald's population and economy. On August 17, 1928, the town suffered a devastating fire which was started when a moonshine still exploded.
"Early Ronald, Washington" (1912). Ellensburg History Photographs. 75.
Local History Collection Photographs, Ellensburg Public Library
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