Miners force Chinese from Newcastle mine on June 3, 1876.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 11/05/1998
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 219

On June 3, 1876, miners drive 40 Chinese mineworkers from the from the Newcastle mines. Newcastle is located in the Puget Sound region in east King County.

A coalminer, John McKnight, wrote to his wife Ellen on June 8, 1876:

"The miners at the Seattle mine [at Newcastle] drove all the Chinamen away from there Saturday last. I will send for you as soon as I poss. can, but I must say that I don't like the looks of this place so far, and I'm afraid you won't neither ..."

Earlier that year, on January 15, 1876, it was reported that the Seattle Coal Mines employed 300 men at Newcastle.


Sources:

Marilyn Tharp, "Story of Coal Newcastle," Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 4 (1957), 124-125.


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