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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, December 1, 1928

No, this is not Newcastle. This is Seattle as it looked the year of its first cargo of coal from Newcastle, 1866. The picture was taken on Main Street, looking north on First Avenue. Lots of parking space and no traffic signals.

No, this is not Newcastle. This is Seattle as it looked the year of its first cargo of coal from Newcastle, 1866. The picture was taken on Main Street, looking north on First Avenue. Lots of parking space and no traffic signals.

Situated in a cozy little village, snug, jaunty, rolling its tonnage out behind modern electric haulage motors, cleaning and sizing in an up-to-date efficient washing plant, it is hard to think of Newcastle as a Pioneer.

It is difficult to realize that long before most of us were born Newcastle was furnishing fuel for the forge and warmth for the homes in the Northwest.

There is something staunch and splendid about an industry that played such a big part in the early days of Seattle, and still progresses, hand in hand, with the city she helped to mold. Newcastle has been the home, the hope, and the livelihood of a generation now gone and looks good enough to last a few more generations. (more…)

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