The origins of the China Creek name

April 2, 2015

Within Newcastle we have the China Creek and China Falls neighborhoods, China Creek Golf Course, and of course, China Creek itself. Did you ever wonder how those names came to be?

When the original mining town of Old Newcastle was established in 1863, the primary source of drinking water was a little creek to the south that began up on Cougar Mountain and emptied into what is now Lake Boren.

It was normally a gentle flow of water, but during heavy rains the creek would overflow and created a large flood plain to the north of the current lake. The lake was bigger and deeper than it is today, and also was swampy on the Eastside.

Chinese workers came into the area in the early 1870s, primarily to work on the railroads, but some came to Newcastle and worked for the mining company. Read more

Refining the leaders of tomorrow

June 3, 2011

Woman’s nonprofit provides mentors for high school girls

Newcastle resident Danna Johnston operates a nonprofit organization that helps teenage girls and a company that addresses skin care issues specific to people with dark skin. By Tim Pfarr

When children reach high school, they often start learning from those outside the home. That was the case for Danna Johnston.

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China Falls to host first community garage sale

August 26, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 26, 2009

The China Falls neighborhood will host its first neighborhood garage sale from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Aug. 29.

Newcastle residents are encouraged to attend.

The China Falls neighborhood is located off the east side of 136th Avenue Southeast between Southeast 79th Drive and Southeast 71st Street.