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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Newcastle - (Red Town - Coal Creek) Mining Towns

Newcastle was most likely named after Newcastle upon in England, as it was originally a coal mining town founded in the 1870s. Coal was discovered along Coal Creek in 1863. The surveyors Philip H. Lewis and Edwin Richardson made the discovery while surveying the area for the General Land Office.  By 1872 75-100 tons of coal per day were being produced at Newcastle. About 60 men worked at the mines.  By 1876, the Newcastle mines produced 400 tons a day and employed 250 men.

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