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Would you buy a home on the site of an old coal mine? | History Files


Last updated 5/4/2022 at 12:11pm

Photo courtesy of Ruth Swanson Parrott/Newcastle Historical Society

Lakemont Boulevard in Coal Creek in 1918.

In a recent article I mentioned attending a program at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. While there, I met a man who is knowledgeable about the history of the Newcastle area.

Today, Newcastle is a trendy Eastside suburb of Seattle, one of the highest per capita income areas in Washington. But the history of Newcastle and Coal Creek is nearly as old as Seattle itself, and was critical to the development of Seattle and the region.

As the name "Coal Creek" implies, the reason for the importance of the area was coal. Coal was discovered there in 1863 by surveyors Ph...

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