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Originally published in the Bellevue Journal American, May 31, 1991

Milt Swanson wants to get his miner’s museum out of his backyard and into a place more accessible to the public. He’s wearing the miner’s hat he wore 50 years ago in the Newcastle coal mines. Photo: Jim Hallas/Journal American

Milt Swanson wants to get his miner’s museum out of his backyard and into a place more accessible to the public. He’s wearing the miner’s hat he wore 50 years ago in the Newcastle coal mines. Photo: Jim Hallas/Journal American

By Lori Yarosh, Journal American Staff Writer

Coal colors the past and dominates the present of Milt Swanson.

He was born in 1918, during the heyday of the Newcastle coal fields, and he was working in the mines when the last one was closed in 1962.

A chunk of hotel foundation, a park full of mine shafts and memories of miners like Swanson are about all that remains of an industry that once dominated the Eastside. (more…)

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