Explore the Newcastle Cemetery on Memorial Day
Posted on 05/08/2017

One of Newcastle’s greatest treasures sits on a forested hillside overlooking Lake Boren. It stands as a reminder of the city’s rich coal-mining past, but it’s easy to miss, hidden behind a fence and closed to the public for most of the year to keep out vandals.

This Memorial Day, visitors are invited to explore the Newcastle Historic Coal Miner’s Cemetery. The normally closed final resting place of Newcastle’s pioneers welcomes visitors to explore the city’s history at 2 p.m. May 29, when Vickie Baima Olson, a descendent of Italian immigrants who came to Newcastle in the late 1800s, will lead a tour of the cemetery.

The Newcastle Historic Coal Miner’s Cemetery covers a little more than 2 acres and has served as the final resting place for coal miners and their families since 1878. It is the only remaining tangible reminder of the nationalities of miners engaged in the early coal mining industry in Newcastle.

The cemetery is at 7811 129th Ave. SE. Parking is available at Lake Boren Park. Follow the upper loop trail onto 129th Avenue Southeast and look for the open gate in the chain link fence. The Memorial Day tour is presented by the Newcastle Historical Society.

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