Newcastle legend Milt Swanson passes away

January 21, 2014

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NEW — 10:55 a.m. Jan. 21, 2014

Milt Swanson

Milt Swanson

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:

Newcastle News invites you to share your memories of Swanson below in the comments.

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One Response to “Newcastle legend Milt Swanson passes away”

  1. Laurel Slaninka on January 27th, 2014 11:08 am

    I knew Milt many years ago through mutual friends, when I kept my horse trailer at his farm. Friends and I rode our horses on the Cougar Mt. trails up over the top and down the other side and back around the mountain. It was quite hairy in places and always an adventure. Milt was such a nice and interesting person. I enjoyed his stories of the “olden days” In the area and was saddened to just hear that he had moved from his farm and then had medical issues. I’m glad he lived to 95 as he was such a bonus to the area with his knowledge of the history from the old days.

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