For family-oriented people who want to escape from urban sprawl, Newcastle combines the convenience and choices of urban living, with the comfort and community of a small town. Only in Newcastle can residents and visitors live, work, shop and play with stunning views, commute easily to the best jobs in the Pacific Northwest, and return home to live in balance with nature in a community that respects their values.
Newcastle has an unusually rich history for a city its size. It played a vital role in opening up the Seattle region for expansion. In many ways, it was the poster child for development in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s—rail, coal and timber were the key themes of this time and Newcastle was at the nexus of all of them. Newcastle's coal mine and railroad helped transform Seattle into a major port.
In 1872, between 75-100 tons of coal was produced each day in Newcastle; by the time the mine closed for the last time in 1963, more than 13 million tons had been extracted. Its legacy remains ever-present in local place names such as Coal Creek Parkway and China Creek Golf Course. An active, well-informed and passionate group of citizens remain committed to sharing Newcastle's history with visitors and residents. The City celebrates Newcastle Days at a community festival each September and was officially incorporated in 1994.
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