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.

Historical Society preps for busy September

August 29, 2014

Historical Society 2014

The Newcastle Historical Society is in for a busy September with programming at Newcastle Days, the Newcastle Library and the Renton History Museum. Read more

Historical Society hosts April 26 cemetery cleanup

April 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 16, 2014

File The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up April 26.

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The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up April 26.

The Newcastle Historical Society will host an April 26 work party to clean and spruce up the city’s iconic cemetery. Read more

Newcastle Historical Society hosts mine tour April 3

March 28, 2014

NEW — 11:10 a.m. March 28, 2014

By Bob Cerelli Newcastle's Baima House is one of the oldest buildings in King County. The property's owners, Pam and Gary Lee, have fixed it up as seen in this recent photo.

By Bob Cerelli
Newcastle’s Baima House is one of the oldest buildings in King County. The property’s owners, Pam and Gary Lee, have fixed it up as seen in this recent photo.

The Newcastle Historical Society invites residents to learn about their city’s history with an April 3 mine tour. Read more

Historical Society hosts March 22 cemetery cleanup

March 20, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. March 20, 2014

File The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up March 22.

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The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up March 22.

The Newcastle Historical Society will host a March 22 work party to clean and spruce up the city’s iconic cemetery. Read more

Community mourns historian Milt Swanson

February 6, 2014

Family, neighbors and community leaders gathered Jan. 25 to honor the life of Milt Swanson, a titan of Newcastle history and the man with an unceasing, warming smile.

The Newcastle pioneer, born and raised in this community, 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.

Milt Swanson

Milt Swanson

Swanson died Jan. 20 after a Jan. 14 fall sent him to the hospital, where he lapsed into a coma.

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Newcastle legend Milt Swanson passes away

January 21, 2014

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. Read more