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Bellingham City

Bellingham City Hall is located at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham WA 98225; phone: 360-676-6900.

Gamwell House, ca. 1890, 1001 16th Street, Bellingham Washington, National Register

Photo: Gamwell House, ca. 1890, 1001 16th Street, Bellingham Washington. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Photographed by User:Benjamin Cody (own work), 2007, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed March, 2016.

Beginnings [1]

Bellingham, the county seat of Whatcom County, is situated on the northeastern shore of Bellingham Bay, 85 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia.

In the 1850's the first settlers came to Bellingham Bay, intent on founding western Washington's major seaport. For the next 50 years three rival towns, Fairhaven, Sehome and New Whatcom, grew independently around the shores of Bellingham Bay.

In 1903 the maze of avenues and Boulevards of the separate townships were consolidated into Bellingham. At that time, the town was anticipating being designated the major northern terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

  1. Kvapil, John, United States Post Office and Court House, Bellingham, Washington, nomination document, 1979, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington D.C.
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