Saturday, March 13, 2010

Newcastle IR project Part 2

The town of Newcastle was orginally located near the current Newcastle Nursery, east of the present town, where the original mine was located. The town later moved up the Coal Creek canyon to what is now the Red Town Trailhead of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The area had been previously known as Coal Creek, but became Newcastle when the Post Office moved from the old town site. Red Town was a neighborhood where the houses were all painted red. Other neighborhoods were were known as Rainbow Town and Finn Town. Some of the houses came from Franklin, when that town was abandoned. The town disappeared when the major mining operations shut down in the 1920's and 30's.
Red Town dam IR
This dam provided water for the town site from a small creek known as Red Town Creek. Wooden planks that formed part of the dam can still be seen at the base of the water.
Electrical plant foundation
This foundation supported an electrical dynamo that provided electricity for the town and the mines. It is located in the back yard of a former miner named Milt Swanson, who lives in a former company house.
Coal Creek Flume IR
These planks formed part of a wooden flume that channeled Coal Creek through the area.
Power plant foundation IR
This foundation was the foundation for a steam plant that generated electricity for the mines and the town. It actually straddled the Coal Creek flume.

Stay tuned for the next installment in the Newcastle IR Project!


  1. Beautiful images.Great shots.Simply brilliant.

    1. Thank you! (Sorry about the late reply, I haven't paid much attention to the blog in a while.)