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Archive for October 27th, 2014

Originally published in the Issaquah Press, October 26, 1988

By Linda Thielke

Newcastle pioneer descendent Oliver Rouse, left, helps King County Executive Tim Hill establish a new historical marker for Thomas Rouse Road. Photo by Linda Thielke.

Newcastle pioneer descendent Oliver Rouse, left, helps King County Executive Tim Hill establish a new historical marker for Thomas Rouse Road. Photo by Linda Thielke.

Newcastle was one of the first big communities in 19th-century King County, so it was only fitting that modern-day county leaders should inaugurate a new historic sites marker program on the location of the now-gone town.

County officials and descendents of Newcastle mining families gathered on Cougar Mountain October 21 to designate three historic landmarks. The county was represented by County Executive Tim Hill, Councilman Bruce Laing and members of the Landmarks Commission. History was well-represented by such families as the Rouses, Swansons, and Baimas.

“This might not mean a damn thing to most people, but it does to us old-timers,” said one person in the crowd. (more…)

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