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Newcastle Pioneers

This page is a tribute to the pioneers of the original Newcastle, whose backbreaking labor produced the coal that turned Seattle from a small timber village into a major seaport.

In 1863, coal was discovered in Cougar Mountain, and the mining town of Newcastle was born. In the 1880s, Newcastle's population rivaled that of Seattle!

But by the 1920s, most coal mining on Cougar Mountain had ceased, and the company town disappeared. Housing tracts began appearing in the surrounding hills in the 1950s, and present day Newcastle was reborn in1994 and sits directly on the site of Old Newcastle.

Photo by Theodore E. Preiser, Courtesy MOHAI

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