Sunday, May 09, 2010

Coal miners' grave sites tell a little-known story

The Newcastle Historic Coal Miner's Cemetery is the kind of place familiar to a few local kids and invisible to most everyone else. It's tucked up on a hill and secured by a locked gate. The closest most visitors get is a sign that says "King County Historical Site."

But a couple of years ago, some curious genealogists from the Seattle Genealogical Society were drawn to the 2-acre site where tall trees shade crumbling headstones. They don't have ancestors of their own buried there, but they wanted to document the cemetery, which hadn't been mapped since the 1960s. The city of Newcastle granted them access.

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