Coal Creek (Washington)

Coal Creek is a creek in Bellevue, Washington, United States, on Seattle's Eastside. It is named for the coal mining industry prominent in the area in the 19th century. There is a popular trail which parallels the creek, allowing views of defunct coal mining equipment and even some bits of coal sitting on the ground in spots.

Coal Creek
Coal Creek Falls 04067.JPG
Footbridge with Coal Creek Falls behind
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
SourceCougar Mountain
MouthLake Washington
 • location
Newport Shores, Bellevue
Length7 mi (11 km)
Basin size7.11 sq mi (18.4 km2)[1]

The source of Coal Creek is 1,400 feet (425 m) above sea level on Cougar Mountain. It flows approximately 7 miles (11 km) to the northwest, emptying into Lake Washington at Newport Shores.[1]

The surveyors Philip H. Lewis and Edwin Richardson first discovered coal along the creek in 1863.[2] This coal was better located for transport to Seattle than the mines further east at Squak Mountain, and in the 1870s the mining of this coal led to the founding of Newcastle, Washington.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Coal Creek Site 0442". Retrieved 2016-09-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Lange, Greg (November 3, 1998). "Surveyors discover coal at Newcastle (east King County) in October 1863". HistoryLink. Retrieved November 3, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Ott, Jennifer (October 10, 2012). "Seattle Coal & Transportation Company begins operating Seattle's first railroad on March 22, 1872". HistoryLink. Retrieved November 3, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Coordinates: 47°32′16″N 122°07′44″W / 47.537717°N 122.129002°W / 47.537717; -122.129002