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Newcastle, WA   98056, 98059

After discovery in 1863, coal came out of the ground at Newcastle for nearly 100 years, helping to make this community's mark on the development of Seattle, Washington Territory and even San Francisco. With coal and railroads each helping the other grow, some estimates range as high as 13 million tons were mined at Newcastle to fuel transportation and commerce on the West Coast.

And where there are jobs, there begets a town. European immigrants and workers from China found their way here to work in coal dust and danger, pursuing their dreams. Yes, there was nationality strife and there were bitter labor strikes, but workers either remained at the mine or found their way in time to the historic Newcastle Cemetery.

By today's transportation standards, the effort that went into getting coal just to Seattle was nothing short of amazing. After years of building, a rail route was completed from Newcastle to Seattle that was the investors' answer to higher production. Eventually though, the increased use of petroleum to fuel trains and other coal-substitute uses decreased the demand for Washington coal, and marked the beginning of the end of a proud, grand era for this community.

House #75 is the last of the original 1880 era mining company buildings, and along with the original Newcastle Cemetery are standing monuments from the past well worth your time to visit.

As the Eastside population continued to grow in the early 1990's, both Bellevue and Renton had an eye on annexing the Newcastle area. Like other independent communities of the Eastside, area residents wanted to control their own city destiny and decided to incorporate in 1994.

A bit of analysis interestingly reveals Newcastle has grown at a steady rate averaging only 192 residents per year since incorporation in 1994 (7,000) to 2012 (10,460). While most Eastside communities eventually experienced rapid growth patterns, Newcastle's controlled growth pace has allowed planners the luxury of time to shape the community into its current, desirable uniqueness.

Today, the City is a wonderful mix of small town charm, and dynamic and youthful neighborhoods all close to anywhere you need to go. In fact, in 2011 Newcastle ranked among the top 20 best places to live in the US, and if residential views are your desire, the area's hilly terrain offers many spectacular vistas.

We've recounted some of Newcastle's long past, hard working history but we are fortunate as well, to have witnessed history in the making in our own time.

Since the inception of the City's Parks Commission in 2004, Andrew Shelton has distinguished himself as a visionary civic figure who has made his mark on Newcastle that will be in existence for future historians to write about. As a founding member of the Commission, his leadership as Vice Chairman and Chairman of this body led to the creation of 13 beautiful city parks. Shelton and the Commission also created Newcastle's very popular Concert in the Park series, held on Lake Boren.

After recently announcing his planned departure from the City, Shelton was commended by Mayor Rich Crispo for his tireless work on the Commission. Shelton observed, "I think what I'll miss the most is that in a small way, what we do, what we did, quite often had positive impacts on the lives of our citizens. Should we come back to Newcastle, we'll be able to go to a Concert in the Park and say 'I remember when we created this'. People probably won't believe me when I say I was part of it, but it will be neat to be able to say that."

Individual citizens make cities great, and in turn make America great. Andrew Shelton, his teacher wife Wendy and baby daughter Violet Ann, are headed for Billings, Montana where no doubt he will once again make an unforgettable mark on yet another special community.

I'm so grateful for - and proud of - my son, Andrew Shelton.

Useful Links and Local Features

City of Newcastle

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce

Thinking of Moving Here?

Newcastle Cemetery, Southwest of 68th Way off 129th Ave SE
Pacific Coast Coal Company - House #75, 7210 138th Ave SE
Thomas Rouse Road, 136th Ave SE & 144th Place SE

Newcastle, WA Livability Score - AreaVibes

Newcastle, WA – Neighborhood Scout

Comcast Neighborhoods: Newcastle

Newcastle Historical Society

Milt Talks About the Newcastle, Washington Historical Cemetery – Vickie Olson

Newcastle Historic Cemetery – Kelly Humphreys

Newcastle Coal Miner’s Cemetery – SeattleTimes

Parks in Newcastle –

Schools in Newcastle –

Newcastle Elementary

Valley Medical Center – Newcastle Clinic

Seattle Revival Center

Golfing at Newcastle - Burning Sky Media

The Golf Club at Newcastle Website

Newcastle Golf Club Photo Montage - Selinceylanag

Bagpiper at Sunset – Newcastle Golf Club - ThumbWhopper

Neil Hubbard, Bagpiper – The Golf Club at Newcastle 1 - Neil Hubbard

Neil Hubbard, Bagpiper – The Golf Club at Newcastle 2 - Neil Hubbard

Neil Hubbard, Bagpiper – The Golf Club at Newcastle 3 - Neil Hubbard

How to Play Bagpipes: Understand the Best Way to Learn Bagpipes By Neil Hubbard - ExpertVillage

Seattle Wedding Videographer Presents – Sunset at Newcastle Golf Club - JeremyAlmeda

Classic and Romantic Wedding at Newcastle Golf and Country Club – Chic Ink

Alan White Plays “Imagine” at Newcastle Days 2013 - Lisa Jensen

Coal Creek Falls at Newcastle - Stigmud

Coal Creek Falls Photo Montage - Stigmud

Newcastle Fruit and Produce - Imelda Dulcich

Newcastle Real Estate – Zillow

Know What's Below, Call Before You Dig

Pest Control and Extermination Services for Newcastle - Trey Shelton

Bee, Wasp, Hornet and Yellow Jacket Nest Removal for Newcastle - Trey Shelton

Beaver, Otter, Mt. Beaver and Raccoon Trapping for Newcastle - Trey Shelton

Shockwave™ Mole Control, Removal and Extermination for Newcastle – Trey Shelton

Tree Removal, Topping and Thinning - Mike Green

Real Estate Services - John Fiala

Real Estate Services – Stephen Macdonald

Real Estate Services – Sarah Ford

Real Estate Services – Julie Hutton

Real Estate Services – Debbie Walter

Real Estate Services – Charlotte Kossow

Strategies for Negotiating Inspections – Mike Winkler & E J Bowlds (As a General Contractor, Trey Performs Specific Issue and Pest Control Related Work to Seller|Buyer Complete Satisfaction)

Air Duct Cleaning

Roofing Services

Gutter Services

Drainage and Structural Services

Precision Turf Equipment – Dan Robinson

Home Inspections – Mark Daughtry

Handicraftsman Services – Roger McColley

Professional Painting Services - Matt Elam & PJ Clarke

Irrigation, Lighting, Backflow Device Testing, Service & Repair - Dave Sheldon

Ballard Ornamental Ironworks, Inc. – Douglas and David Farage

Tom McIntosh Glass and Glazing - Tom McIntosh

Fasteners, Tools, Maintenance & Shop Supplies

Fireplace Heating Products

Woodworking Power Tools, Bits & Hand Tools

Premium Cedar, Exotic Hardwoods, Custom Milling

Home Improvement & Outdoor Equipment – Monroe

Home Improvement & Outdoor Equipment – Snohomish

Household Maintenance Products & Materials, Hardware & Supplies

Paint & Decorating | Wood Finishes | Expert Tint Matching

Premium Quality Paints – The Professional Painters Paint Store

Earl’s Lakeview Barber Shop – Traditional Old School Shop with Mounts on the Wall, Sports Memorabilia & Outdoors Conversation in Kirkland – Five Stars

Kirkland Transmission – Transmissions, Fuel Injectors, & Trustworthy Service (Tony Helps Keep My Trucks On the Road ~ Trey)

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