Bellingham History

It all began a long long time ago in 1852, with two Californians in search of a site for a lumber mill.

Fast forward 160 plus years and you have what is currently now Bellingham which is a city with some interesting history.

Historical Landmarks

  • Gamwell House: It was built in 1892. It is one of the most distinguished Late Victorian-era homes in the area of Bellingham, Washington.
  • Flatiron Building: Built-in 1908 it was the first “skyscraper” in Bellingham.
  • B. P. O. E. Building:In 1912 it was originally built for the Bellingham chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, otherwise known as the Elks Club.
  • T.G. Richards and Company Store: This two-story brick building was built in 1858 it is the first and oldest brick building in the state of Washington.
  • Eldridge Castle: ​Edward Eldridge, originally from Scotland, came to Bellingham from San Francisco in 1853 along with another of the city’s founding fathers.
  • Lairmont Manor: Lairmont Manor, also known as the Larrabee House, is a 1914 Italian Renaissance style home.
  • Whatcom Museum:The Whatcom Museum was originally built in 1892 as the city hall for the former town of New Whatcom.
  • Wardner’s Castle: In 1890, with his profits, he began to construct his estate south of Sehome hill that became known as Wardner’s Castle.
  • Roeder Home:The son of Bellingham’s founder Captain Henry Roeder, Victor Roeder became one of Bellingham’s best-known citizens and businessmen. Beginning in 1903, Roeder meticulously supervised the work over the home’s five-year construction 

Resources for History of Bellingham

City of Bellingham: Historical interactive map

Downtown Bellingham Historic Tour: Take a photographic trip through time and see how Downtown Bellingham has changed! The Fairhaven district in Bellingham, Washington occupies the area around Bellingham Bay that was formerly one of four pioneer settlements surrounding the bay. 

Whatcom County Historical Society: The mission and purpose of this (WCHS) Society is to bring together people interested in history, especially in the history of Whatcom County, Washington.

Bellingham Public Library: Discover your community’s past with local history materials, self-guided tours, museums, and archives.

Bellinghistory with the Good Time Girls : Guided historical walking tour of Bellingham Wa

The Ham: An eclectic history of Bellingham Wa

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