You’re Invited: City to Unveil Newcastle Historical Signs

The public is invited as the city celebrates the newly installed Historical Signs located across the city at a special event June 28.

Join King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Mayor Rich Crispo and more as they introduce the signs to the community and recognize the people who made the project happen. The event starts at 10 a.m. in front of the Historic Coal Miner’s Cemetery along 129th Avenue Southeast.

The cemetery is the site of one of three signs stationed at historic points across the city, reminding visitors of the history that surrounds them. Residents will also find signs explaining the history of China Creek and the May Creek Trestle.

The China Creek sign is located along Coal Creek Parkway on the east side of Lake Boren, near the Aegis Gardens construction site. It describes the origin of the creek’s name and how it served as a water source when the original mining town of Old Newcastle was established in 1863.

The May Creek Trestle sign is located along the west end of the May Creek Trail near the Windtree access trail at Southeast 93rd Street. The movement of large quantities of coal from Newcastle to Seattle required the construction of a railroad. The sign describes the history of the May Creek Valley crossing, one of the largest wooden trestles ever built.

The City of Newcastle received a $6,000 4Culture Heritage Project Program grant for the signs. This funding program promotes the identification, documentation, exhibition and interpretation of historic and cultural materials pertaining to the heritage of King County. Funding for this program is derived from a portion of King County lodging tax revenues.

The Newcastle Historical Society and the City of Newcastle worked together to identify sign locations, collect the content for the signs and install them. There are plans to add three more signs across the city, though locations have not yet been finalized.

Special thanks for the Newcastle historical sign project:

4Culture, Sandra Owen Design, Newcastle Historical Society members Russ Segner, Ray Lewis, Vickie Olson and Rich Crispo, City of Renton staff members Todd Black and Elizabeth Stewart, City of Newcastle maintenance crew members and Community Activities Coordinator Wendy Kirchner.

Published on 06/14/2017
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