Newcastle railroads — Here yesterday, gone today

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:05 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

There is not a single foot of railroad track in Newcastle today, but the railroads played a big part in the development of the coal fields and eventually the city.

Parts of Coal Creek Parkway, the May Creek Trail, Coal Creek Park, Southeast 60th Street and 112th Avenue Southeast are on top of original track beds.

BackTrackingTransporting the coal from the mines to the port in Seattle was a daunting task when production began in 1863. At first, the coal was moved via tramways, wagons, canoes and barges to docks at King and Pike streets, where it was loaded onto ships bound for San Francisco and, later, to Hawaii and Australia.

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City’s 20 years come full circle in festival performance

August 29, 2014

Contributed Gil Rene, whose band played at the city's incorporation, returns to perform at the 20th anniversary.

Gil Rene, whose band played at the city’s incorporation, returns to perform at the 20th anniversary.

When 2014 Newcastle Days performer Gil René looks in the mirror, it doesn’t quite reflect the image of himself that he has built in his mind. Read more

Car break-ins reported in Brewer, Windtree neighborhoods

December 5, 2011

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Dec. 5, 2011

Around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 2, several vehicles were broken into in the Brewer (9200 block of 118th Place S.E.) and Windtree (9300 block of 120th Ave. S.E.) neighborhoods in Newcastle.

No loss has been discovered related to the break-ins.

According to a statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine, witnesses saw two white males who were walking from car to car. The suspects are believed to be in their 50s, and the men reportedly left in a light blue Ford Ranger two-door pick-up truck.

If your vehicle was broken into overnight from Dec. 1 through Dec. 2 and you have not filed a police report, call 206-296-3311 to report a crime.  If you saw anything suspicious overnight or think you may know who the suspects are, contact the Newcastle Police Department at 649-4444.

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