Newcastle legend Milt Swanson passes away
January 21, 2014
NEW — 10:55 a.m. Jan. 21, 2014
The Newcastle Historical Society announced that founding member and local legend Milt Swanson died Jan. 20.
Swanson, who was born and raised in Newcastle, spent all of his 95 years living in the same area, 90 of which were in the same company house that still stands at the edge of town near the Cougar Mountain trailhead.
He knew more about the city’s vast coal-mining history than anyone, because he actually lived it. He worked in the mines as his father and grandfather did before him.
“He will be missed by many who knew and loved him, but his legacy will live on in all the artifacts and stories he has so generously given to the Newcastle Historical Society,” society member Vickie Baima Olson wrote in an email.
Swanson moved to the Regency Newcastle assisted living facility in December after he fell at his home. He fell again Jan. 14 and was taken to Overlake Hospital, where a hematoma developed and he lapsed into a coma, Olson said.
“At the Regency, he continued to share his vast knowledge of the history and geology of Newcastle, while continuing to read and learn,” Olson said.
Swanson was 95. Learn more about Swanson’s remarkable life in this Newcastle News feature from 2012: www.newcastle-news.com/2012/08/02/a-coal-mining-life.
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