Coal Miners Cemetery — Part 3

August 12, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015

This is the third history feature installment about the historic Coal Miner’s Cemetery, on 129th Avenue Southeast, south of the Newcastle Library.

Every cemetery has many stories to tell. Some are sad, some are heartwarming and some help us remember how we have grown as a people.

BackTrackingAt the time of the first burial in 1878, it was unheard of for whites and blacks to be buried in the same cemetery. Chinese would also be excluded. The Newcastle Miner’s Cemetery has both ethnic groups, though there is a distinction.

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Cemetery open for tours on Memorial Day

April 30, 2015

The community is invited to tour one of Newcastle’s hidden gems May 25.

The city’s Historic Coal Miner’s Cemetery will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. It’s a rare opportunity to explore the site that is locked most of the year.

Vickie Baima Olson, an active member of the Newcastle Historical Society, will lead two tours that day. The first tour begins at 10 a.m. and the other is at noon.

Olson, whose grandparents are buried in the cemetery, will share stories about the people buried there, raise awareness about the need to preserve old cemeteries and answer questions.

The cemetery is at 7811 129th Ave. S.E.