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Encyclopedia > Bellingham, Washington
Bellingham, Washington
Xwotqem (Lummi)
Nickname: City of Subdued Excitement
Location in the state of Washington
Location in the state of Washington
Coordinates: 48°45′1″N 122°28′30″W / 48.75028, -122.475
Country United States
State Washington
County Whatcom
Government
 - Mayor Tim Douglas*
Area
 - Total 31.7 sq mi (82.2 km²)
 - Land 25.6 sq mi (66.4 km²)
 - Water 6.1 sq mi (15.8 km²)
Elevation 69 ft (0 m)
Population (2003)
 - Total 71,289
 - Density 2,619.8/sq mi (1,011.5/km²)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98225-98229
Area code(s) 360
FIPS code 53-05280GR2
GNIS feature ID 1512001GR3
*Mayor Douglas (who had previously served as Mayor of Bellingham from 1984-1996) was chosen by the Bellingham City Council to serve the remainder of the current mayoral term, expiring in 2008. Former Mayor Mark Asmundson stepped down as Mayor of Bellingham on November 1, 2006 to pursue another position.
Website: www.cob.org

Bellingham, Washington is the county seat of Whatcom County in the U.S. state of Washington. It is the largest city in Whatcom County and tenth largest in Washington. It is situated on Bellingham Bay, which is protected by Lummi Island, Portage Island, and the Lummi Peninsula, and opens onto the Strait of Georgia. It lies west of Mount Baker and Lake Whatcom (from which it gets its drinking water) and north of the Chuckanut Mountains and Skagit Valley. Whatcom Creek runs through the center of the city. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1152x597, 213 KB) Summary Downtown Bellingham as observed from Sehome Hill at 48°4437. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Image File history File links Whatcom_County_Washington_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Bellingham_Highlighted. ... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ... 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The Census Bureau estimate placed Bellingham's 2003 population at 71,289,[1] and a recent calculation pushes it to 74,770.[2] Bellingham has recently experienced an increase in real estate prices. As of Spring 2007, real estate prices seem to be leveling out as the market decreases. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ...


The boundaries of the city encompass the former towns of Fairhaven (now home to the southern ferry terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway System), New Whatcom, and others. Bellingham is home to Whatcom Community College;[3] Bellingham Technical College;[4] and Western Washington University, which includes, among others, Fairhaven College,[5] Huxley College,[6] and the Woodring College of Education.[7] Fairhaven, Washington was founded in the late 1880s and is now part of the City of Bellingham. ... The Alaska Marine Highway or the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is a ferry service that is operated by the government of the state of Alaska in the United States. ... Western Washington University (WWU or Western) is one of six state-funded, four-year universities of higher education in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Fairhaven College is an interdisciplinary liberal arts college at Western Washington University. ...

Contents

History

Whatcom Creek, South Downtown Bellingham, and Sehome Hill as seen from Maritime Heritage Park. The mouth of Whatcom Creek is obscured to the lower right.
Whatcom Creek, South Downtown Bellingham, and Sehome Hill as seen from Maritime Heritage Park. The mouth of Whatcom Creek is obscured to the lower right.

The name of Bellingham is derived from the bay on which the city is situated. George Vancouver, who visited the area in June 1792, named the bay for Sir William Bellingham, the controller of the storekeeper's account of the Royal Navy.[8] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x765, 559 KB)South Downtown Bellingham and Sehome Hill as seen from above Maritime Heritage park This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License v. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x765, 559 KB)South Downtown Bellingham and Sehome Hill as seen from above Maritime Heritage park This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License v. ... A life sized statue covered in gold of George Vancouver on top of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings Captain George Vancouver RN (June 22, 1757 – May 12, 1798) was an officer of the Royal Navy, best known for his exploration of North America, including the Pacific coast along the modern... 1792 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ...


The first white settlers reached the area in 1854. Local history and legend credit one "Blanket" Bill Jarman as the first white man to reside in the area[citation needed]. The original settlement was named Whatcom, located where Whatcom Creek empties into the bay. A stockade, "Fort Bellingham", was built on Peabody Hill, and commanded by Captain George E. Pickett, later to become famous as a Confederate General in the American Civil War. Pickett's house remains to this day as the oldest house in the city.[9] 1854 (MDCCCLIV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... George Edward Pickett (January 28[1] or January 16, 1825 – July 30, 1875) was a career U.S. Army officer who became a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. ... Some Confederate soldiers The Confederate States Army (CSA) was organized in February 1861 to defend the newly formed Confederate States of America from military action by the United States government. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total...


In 1858, the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush caused thousands of miners, storekeepers, and scalawags to head north from California. Whatcom grew overnight from a small northwest mill town to a bustling seaport, the basetown for the Whatcom Trail, which led to the Fraser Canyon goldfields, used in open defiance of colonial Governor James Douglas's edict that all entry to the gold colony be made via Victoria, British Columbia. The first brick building in Washington was built at this time, the T.G. Richards brick warehouse. The first newspaper in Whatcom County, the Northern Light, was published by William Bausman during the boom. Just as soon as it started, the boom went bust with the miners being forced to stop at Victoria, B.C. for a permit before heading to the mining fields. Whatcom's population dropped almost as quickly as it had grown, and the sleepy little town on the bay returned. The Gold Rush of British Columbia occurred after gold was discovered in the Fraser River Valley. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Solid line is Whatcom Trail, dotted line is Skagit Trail Settlements extant in 1858 are shown only The Whatcom Trail was an overland trail from the Puget Sound area of Washington Territory during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858-60. ... View of Fraser Canyon near Fountain, BC View of Fraser Canyon looking upstream from Fountain, B.C. The Fraser Canyon is a stretch of the Fraser River where it descends rapidly through narrow rock gorges in the Coast Mountains enroute from the Interior Plateau of British Columbia to the Fraser... James Douglas Sir James Douglas, K.C.B, (August 15, 1803 – August 2, 1877), was born of a Scottish father and Creole mother in Demerara. ... This article is about the city of Victoria. ...


Coal mining was commonplace near town, with the Blue Canyon mine at Lake Whatcom being the site of Washington's worst industrial accident, which occurred April 8, 1895. In time, the mines were closed down and sealed off. Surface coal mining in Wyoming. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


Bellingham was officially incorporated on November 4, 1903. It was the result of the consolidation of four towns initially situated around Bellingham Bay: Whatcom, Sehome, Bellingham, and Fairhaven. A fictionalized account of the history of Bellingham in this era is "The Living" by Annie Dillard. is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Annie Dillard (born 30 April 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, best known for her narrative nonfiction. ...

The corner of Railroad and Holly Street in historic downtown Bellingham as it appeared in 2004

In the early 1890s, three railroad lines arrived, connecting the bay cities to a nationwide market of builders. The foothills around Bellingham were clearcut after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to help provide the lumber for the rebuilding of San Francisco. In time, lumber and shingle mills sprang up all over the county to accommodate the byproduct of their work. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 1795 KB)Photographer: Tom Harpel from Seattle, Washington, United States Original source: [1] This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License v. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 1795 KB)Photographer: Tom Harpel from Seattle, Washington, United States Original source: [1] This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License v. ... San Francisco Earthquake redirects here. ...


The Bellingham Riots occurred on September 5, 1907. A group of 400-500 white men with intentions to exclude East Indian immigrants from the local work force mobbed waterfront barracks. The white men beat and hospitalized 6 Indians while 410 Indians were jailed. No actions were taken against the perpetrators. The Bellingham Riots occured on September 5, 1907, in Bellingham, Washington, USA. A large group of 400-500 white men with intentions to exclude the East Indian immigrants from the local work force forced their way into waterfront barracks, throwing the immigrants into the streets, beating them, and pocketing their... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Fishing has also played an important part in the development of the region. By 1925, eight salmon canneries were doing business in Whatcom County - two on Bellingham Bay, the rest at Lummi Island, Semiahmoo and Chuckanut Bay. Together, they packed nearly a half-million cases of salmon one year[citation needed].


Increased efficiency in the canneries, combined with the cold efficiency of the fish traps, decimated the area's salmon runs. Traps were banned in the 1930s, prompting canneries to move their fish-catching operations to Alaska, where salmon were still abundant and traps were still legal.


Bellingham's proximity to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and to the Inside Passage to Alaska helped keep some cannery operations here. P.A.F., for example, shipped empty cans to Alaska, where they were packed with fish and shipped back for storage. The Strait of Juan de Fuca separates Vancouver Island of British Columbia from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. ... Part of the Inside Passage. ...


Pipeline disaster

On June 10, 1999, the Olympic Pipeline ruptured in Whatcom Falls Park near Whatcom Creek, leaking 237,000 US gallons (897 m³) of gasoline into the creek.[10] The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was the damage done by an IMCO construction crew while conducting modifications to a water treatment plant, but not reported to Olympic or any agency authorities.[11] The 400 mile pipeline carries gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from four refineries to the Renton, Washington distribution center and to locations as far south as Portland, Oregon, including all the fuel for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The four refineries are the BP's Cherry Point Refinery and ConocoPhillips' refinery both at Ferndale, Washington and Shell Oil Company's refinery and Tesoro's refinery both at Anacortes, Washington. is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Whatcom Falls from atop the stone bridge. ... The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is a U.S. government organization responsible for investigation of accidents involving aviation, highway, marine, pipelines and railroads in the United States. ... A water treatment plant in northern Portugal. ... Petrol redirects here. ... This article is about the fuel. ... Jet fuel is a type of aviation fuel designed for use in jet-engined aircraft. ... Location of Renton in King County and Washington Coordinates: , Country State County King Government  - Mayor Kathy Keolker Area  - Total 17. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - Total 376. ... Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (IATA: SEA, ICAO: KSEA, FAA LID: SEA), also known as Sea-Tac Airport, is located in SeaTac, Washington, United States at the intersections of Washington State Route 518, Washington State Route 99 and Washington State Route 509. ... This article is about the energy corporation. ... The Cherry Point Refinery is the largest oil refinery in Washington, located in Ferndale only a few miles south of the Canada-United States border. ... ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is an international energy company with its headquarters located in Houston, Texas. ... Ferndale is a city in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. ... The Shell emblem known as the Pecten Shell Oil Company (SOC) is the Houston, Texas based wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell. ... Tesoro Corporation NYSE: TSO is a FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with 2004 annual revenues of $12. ... View of the downtown and marina of Anacortes, from the east Anacortes (pronounced ) is a city in Skagit County, Washington, USA. The name Anacortes comes from Annie Curtis, the maiden name of early settler Amos Bowmans wife. ...


The vapor layer from the spill overcame an 18 year old man who was fishing in the creek; he fell into the creek and subsequently drowned. An explosion was set off by two young boys playing with fireworks and burned over a mile (1.6 km) of the creek bed and sent a black smoke cloud over 30,000 feet (10 km) into the air. The two young boys died the next day due to extensive burns from proximity to the blast. Although some buildings were destroyed, due to road closures and evacuations around the creek, there were no further fatalities. The explosion resulted in over $45 million in property damage. Several years later, the families of the pipeline victims sued Olympic Pipeline Company and settled for around $100 million in damages, which they pledged would help support pipeline safety and provide legal representation for pipeline accident victims.


Because of the efforts of two of the families whose children died in the tragedy the U.S. Department of Justice worked to make $4 million of the criminal settlement with the pipeline companies available to start the independent Pipeline Safety Trust[12]. The Pipeline Safety Trust is now the only independent non-profit organization working to ensure greater safety of the pipelines that run through communities nationwide.


Geography

The city is located at 48°45′1″N, 122°28′30″W (48.750178, -122.474975).GR1 According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 82.2 km² (31.7 mi²). 66.4 km² (25.6 mi²) of it is land and 15.8 km² (6.1 mi²) of it (19.19%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 67,171 people, 27,999 households, and 13,999 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,011.5/km² (2,619.3/mi²). There were 29,474 housing units at an average density of 443.8/km² (1,149.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.88% White, 0.98% Black or African American, 1.48% Native American, 4.25% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 2.16% from other races, and 3.08% from two or more races. 4.63% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... Hispanics in the United States, or Hispanic Americans, are American citizens or residents of Hispanic ethnicity who identify themselves as having Hispanic Cultural heritage. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 27,999 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.0% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.83. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 17.7% under the age of 18, 23.8% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $32,530, and the median income for a family was $47,196. Males had a median income of $35,288 versus $25,971 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,483. About 9.4% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


In the 2004 US presidential election, Bellingham cast 67.44% of its vote for Democrat John Kerry. [citation needed] The United States presidential election of 2004 was held on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2004. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ...


Weather

Bellingham's climate can generally be described as "mild." The average yearly high and low temperatures are 57 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit (14 and 5 °C), respectively. Although the rainy season can last as long as eight months or more, it is usually about six months long, leaving Bellingham with a picturesque late spring and mild, pleasant summer. Bellingham receives an average annual rainfall of 34.8 inches (884 mm).


Bellingham's location and geography occasionally subject it to an unusual and harsh weather pattern known locally as a "Nor'Easter." Effectively, an 'inverted' jet stream can drive down cold sub-Arctic air from the Canadian interior, usually through the Fraser River Canyon. This cold air mass can collide with a Gulf of Alaska cold front and create high winds, road ice, snow, or heavy rains. A "Silver Thaw" can result and wind chill equivalents can slide well under 0 °F. Such an event was recorded on November 28, 2006. Outside air temperatures of 12 °F (−11 °C) were accompanied by 30 to 48 mph (48 to 77 km/h) winds with humidity as high as 61%. Wind chill equivalents reached −10 °F (−23 °C) according to NOAA.[13] For other uses of this name see Fraser River (disambiguation). ... The Gulf of Alaska is an arm of the Pacific Ocean defined by the curve of the southern coast of Alaska, stretching from the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island in the west to the Alexander Archipelago in the east, where Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage are found. ... is the 332nd day of the year (333rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency of the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. ...


Another weather phenomenon, known as the "Chinook wind," happens in the autumn. For most of a day an unusually warm and steady wind comes out of the south. It is essentially a reverse "Nor'Easter." Image:Shitnook wind. ...


Local culture

Events

  • The Ski to Sea Race[14] - This longstanding Bellingham tradition, owned and organized by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry, was first held in 1973, but is traceable to the 1911 Mt. Baker Marathon. It is a team relay race made up of seven legs: Cross country skiing, downhill skiing (or snowboarding), running, biking, canoeing (2 person), mountain biking, and kayaking. The racers begin at the Mount Baker Ski Area and make their way down to the finish line on Bellingham Bay. The Race attracts participants from all over the world. In 2005, the Ski to Sea Race was featured nationally on the "Fox Sports Northwest" network, reaching 3.2 million households. The event brings thousands of people from around the Pacific Northwest, and many from around the world, to Bellingham and Whatcom County, and generates over $5 million for the local economy.
  • The Bellingham-based Whatcom Peace & Justice Center publishes a calendar[15] of upcoming activist events with a theme of non-violence, community dissent, and world-wide Peace.

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Local attractions

Popular locations for both residents and visitors include:

Upper Falls in Whatcom Falls Park
Upper Falls in Whatcom Falls Park
  • Whatcom Museum of History & Art[16] - The museum sponsors art, natural and local history exhibits, fund-raising events, gallery walks, walking tours of the historic buildings of the city, history and art lessons for local schools and adult groups, and historic cruises on Bellingham Bay.
  • American Museum of Radio and Electricity[17], which provides interactive dioramas, featuring a working Tesla coil.
  • Bellingham Farmers Market[18] - Open Saturdays only in the downtown parking lot on Railroad street at Chestnut, now located under a newly constructed weatherproof pavilion at the same site. Also now located in the Fairhaven district on Wednesdays, during the summer months.
  • Whatcom Falls Park - The 241 acre crown jewel of the city's excellent park system featuring four sets of waterfalls and several well maintained walking trails. During the summer Whirlpool Falls is a popular swimming hole where locals jump off cliffs as high as 50' into the pool below the falls.
Henderson Books on Grand Ave in Bellingham
Henderson Books on Grand Ave in Bellingham
  • Village Books[19] - An independent bookstore located in the Historic Fairhaven district.
  • The Community Food Co-op[20] - A soon to be multiple location, local, non-profit, and community oriented grocer that provides healthy and organic--often local--foods; as well as partners with other community organizations to host regular educational events.
  • Pickford Cinema[21] (named for Mary Pickford) - Bellingham's own independent cinema, located in the heart of the downtown area. Recognized within the community as the finest forum for independent film, including contemporary art films, documentaries and foreign films.
  • Bellingham Railway Museum, which has displays on the history of railroading in Whatcom County, as well as model trains, and a freight-train simulator.
  • Bellis Fair Mall[22] - The region's largest mall, Bellis Fair attracts a steady stream of Canadian shoppers.[23]
  • Mount Baker Ski Area - The ski area holds the world record for the greatest amount of snowfall in one season (winter 1998-1999).
  • Whale watching tours
  • Chuckanut Drive
  • Larrabee State Park
  • Lake Samish

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1066, 936 KB) Upper Falls in Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham, Washington. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1066, 936 KB) Upper Falls in Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham, Washington. ... Whatcom Falls from atop the stone bridge. ... Bellingham School District No. ... The American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham, Washington was founded in 1985 by Jonathan Winter[1]. Originally inhabiting a small storefront (under the name Bellingham Antique Radio Museum), the museum now occupies a much larger space, which includes exhibits of antique radios, as well as demonstrations of electric... Whatcom Falls from atop the stone bridge. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 546 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 546 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was an Oscar-winning Canadian motion picture star and co-founder of United Artists in 1919. ... The Bellingham Railway Museum in Bellingham, Washington, displays a pictorial and text history of railroad traffic in Bellingham and Whatcom/Skagit Counties, as well as a large electric model railroad, an exhibit of railroad lanterns, and a freight train simulator. ... A view of Mt. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Larrabee State Park is a state park in Washington, located six miles south of the city of Bellingham. ... Lake Samish is a lake south of Bellingham, Washington. ...

Transportation

The Bellingham International Airport offers regularly scheduled commuter flights to and from Seattle and Friday Harbor, Washington, and regularly scheduled jet service to Salt Lake City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Reno, Nevada and Columbus, Ohio, and seasonal service to Palm Springs, California. The airport is home of the first Air and Marine Operations Center[24], to assist the US Department of Homeland Security with border surveillance. Bellingham International Airport (IATA: BLI, ICAO: KBLI) is a public airport located a few miles northwest of Bellingham, Washington. ... Seattle redirects here. ... Cars at the entrance to the ferry dock at Friday Harbor. ... For ships of the United States Navy of the same name, see USS Salt Lake City. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Reno redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country State Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City  212. ... Palm Springs is a famed Riverside County, California desert resort city, approximately 110 miles (177 km) east of Los Angeles and 140 miles (225 km) northeast of San Diego. ... The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), commonly known as Homeland Security, is a Cabinet department of the Federal Government of the United States with the responsibility of protecting the territory of the United States from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters. ...


Amtrak Cascades provides Bellingham with regularly scheduled passenger rail service to Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Amtrak Cascades consist in Portland, Oregon. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ... Motto: Splendor sine occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 36 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 5th Total 944...


Music scene

Supported by the presence of a large university age population, Bellingham has been home to a number of regionally and nationally noted musical groups such as: The Posies, Death Cab for Cutie, Crayon, Idiot Pilot, Mono Men, Federation X, The Trucks,[25] Shook Ones, Megatron,[26] Yogoman Burning Band, Black Breath,[27] and The Pale Pacific, all originate from the area. Local independent record labels include Estrus Records, Clickpop Records, Murder Mountain Records, New Regard Media and Boogie Man Records.-1... Death Cab for Cutie is an American band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. ... Crayon were an indie pop band that formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1990. ... Idiot Pilot are an electronica/rock duo from Bellingham, Washington consisting of Michael Harris and Daniel Anderson. ... The Mono Men were an American band, based in Bellingham, Washington. ... Federation X is a rock band, originally formed in Bellingham, Washington, though now shares members between Bellingham and Portland, Oregon. ... The Trucks is an electronic rock band from Bellingham, Washington. ... For the songs by Mobb Deep, see Shook Ones (song) and Shook Ones Pt. ... Yogoman Burning Band (abbreviated to YBB) is an 8 (sometimes 9) piece Dance band. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Estrus Records Logo 2005 Estrus Records is an independent record label from Bellingham, Washington that makes surf, garage and trash rock music. ... Clickpop Records is an independent record label in Bellingham, Washington that releases predominantly local acts (with the addition of some acts originating in Idaho as well), most notably Idiot Pilot, who have recently signed with Reprise Records. ...


Film scene

Bellingham also has a burgeoning independent film community, which is supported by the Whatcom Film Association, a local group of film appreciators with over 1500 members[28] and the Northwest Film School[29], a hands-on filmmaking program. While not as large-scale or well-financed as some of Seattle's independent film efforts, Bellingham's annual NW Projections Film Festival has grown substantially in attendance since its creation in 1999. Several award-winning short films originated in Bellingham, as well as a handful of feature films.


Local theatre

Bellingham is home to the Bellingham Theatre Guild and iDiOM Theater. It is also home to the Upfront Theatre[30], an improv comedy venue established by Bellingham resident Ryan Stiles (Whose Line Is It Anyway?). The Bellingham Theatre Guild is a community theater located in Bellingham, WA. ... Ryan Lee Stiles (born April 22, 1959) is an Emmy-nominated American actor and comedian, whose work is often associated with improvisational comedy. ...


It is also home to the historic Mount Baker Theater[31].


Activism

Bellingham is home to the longest-running Peace vigil in the US. Started by Howard Harris more than 46 years ago, it has seen more than 4 generations. On the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall, in front of the Federal Building, every Friday starting at 4pm and lasting until usually about 6pm.[32][33]


International Day of Peace has been observed for the last four years by hundreds of participants. The event commemmorates the United Nations' observance of September 21st as a day for international peace and cease-fire. Participants hold a rally at Maritime Heritage Park, and then marched to an event at First Congregational Church.[34][35]


The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center was founded in 2002 by local activists, and has been one of the most active such centers in the nation.[36][37] The WPJC was created in 2002 by citizens of Bellingham, Washington as a non-profit 503(c) tax-exempt organization, with the mission of promoting the concepts of Peace & Social Justice in the local community. ...


Bellingham has a strong chapter of Code Pink[38], Veterans for Peace[39], and soon a chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War.[40] This article is about the anti-war group. ... Veterans For Peace is an American organization founded in 1985. ... Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is an advocacy group comprised of active duty military and Iraq War veterans like Jesse McBeth who are opposed to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. ...


City Councilman Terry Bornemann has been a staple of the local activist community, and sponsored the October, 2006 Troops Home! resolution, making Bellingham the first city in the state of Washington to pass the resolution.[41] Bellingham is the name of several places: Australia Bellingham, Tasmania, a tiny coastal hamlet in Northern Tasmania England Bellingham, London, an electoral ward in London Bellingham, Northumberland, a village in Northumbria United States Bellingham, Massachusetts, population 22,734, a town Bellingham, Minnesota, population 191, a city Bellingham, Washington, population 73... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ...


Future development

In March 2005, Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Bellingham one of the top retirement cities in the nation.[42] Purchase price of homes has risen, however rent has remained relatively stable. Many of the condominiums recently built as a result of the demand for affordable housing have subsequently become rental units. Kiplingers magazine cover Kiplingers Personal Finance is a magazine that has been continuously published, on a monthly basis, from 1947 to the present day. ...


Bellingham has seen a resurgence of real-estate development as house prices climb, caused in part by new residents moving in to the community. In order to accommodate this growth, new properties have sprung up all over the city, including the Downtown, Fairhaven, Happy Valley, Cordata, and Barkley neighborhoods. The city has reiterated their commitment to developing a wide range of housing options for all income categories, while retaining the integrity of existing communities. Annexation of surrounding farmland and county wilderness has been kept to a minimum due to public concern for environmental preservation, but several controversies have risen over the city's decisions to counteract the loss of land by allowing taller buildings in the city core, major new development on previously undeveloped land, and a lack of parks and open spaces in some of the more recently developed areas. Ceremonies during the annexation of Hawaii. ...


Waterfront redevelopment

Main article: Bellingham Waterfront

The Bellingham waterfront has served as an industrial center for the past century, most notably the area encompassing the former Georgia-Pacific mill. G-P purchased the Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company in 1963 and operated a pulp mill on the central downtown waterfront until 2001. In 1965, G-P built a Chlor-Alkali facility, which became a source of mercury contamination in the Whatcom Waterway and on the uplands of the site for decades. The site has since been purchased by the Port of Bellingham chiefly to create a marina in the 37-acre wastewater lagoon. The Port of Bellingham purchased the G-P site for $10 with the understanding they would assume liability for the contamination. The City of Bellingham and the Port of Bellingham entered into several interlocal agreements in which the City agreed to pay for all infrastructure costs, and the Port would create a marina, clean up the site, and retain all zoning. The Bellingham, Washington waterfront is dominated by the 137-acre site of Georgia Pacifics former pulp and chemical plant and still-operating tissue mill. ... Georgia-Pacific Corp. ... The Port of Bellingham is a government agency in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, United States which operates two large marinas, port facilities and the Bellingham International Airport. ...


Prior to the purchase, the Bellingham Bay Demonstration Pilot (a group of 14 tribes, community leaders, and agencies) created an Environmental Impact Statement that recommended the dredging of contaminants from the Whatcom Waterway. However, the Port of Bellingham seems committed to the idea that the area slated for deposition of contaminants be used for a "mega-yacht marina", having hired a consultant to do a conceptual design.[43] Despite growing concerns over the presence of mercury in the Whatcom Waterway and the uplands of the site, the Port plans to leave the mercury behind (capping rather than following the recommendation of the Bellingham Bay Demonstration Pilot). The Port initially received support from the City of Bellingham, the Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, the Bellingham Yacht Club[44], and the Bellingham Herald. A majority of citizen groups openly opposed the plans. After failing to exclude the marina from any of four development options proposed, the Port of Bellingham was perceived by some to be forcing its will upon the city. According to local newspapers, this emboldened civic leaders and efforts are underway to challenge the power of the non-civic Port of Bellingham over the elected City Council and Mayor.


The City and Port have entered into a partnership to redevelop the property, which has been unofficially renamed New Whatcom[45] after the township of which the area was originally a part. A general plan for the city's waterfront was developed by the Waterfront Futures Group,[46] and the new Waterfront Advisory Group[47] has been convening to develop a more detailed plan focused on this particular site.


The draft plan includes "a new city neighborhood with homes, shops, offices and light industry, as well as parks and promenades, a healthy shoreline habitat along Bellingham Bay..." Concern over the fast pace, vague approach, and worry over a lack of substantive public participation in the redevelopment of the waterfront led to the formation of the Bellingham Bay Foundation in 2005.[48] During the summer of 2006, the Bellingham Bay Foundation formed People for a Healthy Bay[49] over a concern that many of the areas slated for development contained high mercury levels (as high as 12,500ppm) in the soil under the former Chlor-Alkali facility. People for a Healthy Bay launched an initiative that would have required the City of Bellingham to advocate for removal of mercury to the highest practical level. Despite 6400 signatures gathered in 20 days and overwhelming public support for the initiative, the City successfully sued to keep the initiative off the ballot. The initiative reflected polling data performed by the Foundation that the citizens of Bellingham care most that their waterfront is clean and safe. The Board of the Bellingham Bay Foundation is made up of environmental leaders, business owners, developers, authors, and scientists, and it includes an area-wide membership of doctors, teachers, realtors, and artists.


ReSources[50] is another organization in Bellingham focused on the cleanup of Bellingham Bay. They are the stewards of the Baykeeper program. They are currently advocating for the full removal of all mercury contamination present in the nearshore areas of Bellingham Bay.


The Washington State Department of Ecology is currently reviewing public comment for the Port's cleanup documents of the Whatcom Waterway. The Bellingham Bay Foundation, through a Public Particpation Grant of the Department of Ecology, is working toward public education and outreach about the issues surrounding cleanup.


Ecology will host a second public comment period for the Cleanup Action Plan, at which time the specifics of the cleanup will be discussed and decided. The City of Bellingham and the Port of Bellingham will develop a Master Plan and implement tax-increment financing for the City's portion of funding of infrastructure. Infrastructure alone is expected to cost roughly $200 million. Whatcom County has declined participation in the financing, citing unmet gaps in funding, a lack of benefit to the County, and the need for County taxes to go toward emergency, jail, and mental health services. The County Council also had many concerns about the City and Port's desire to develop contaminated property without a plan to remediate it effectively before construction, as well as the need for tax-increment financing given that the Port profits directly from all development on the former mill site.


Sports

Club Sport League Stadium Logo
Bellingham Bells Baseball West Coast Collegiate Baseball League Joe Martin Field
Bellingham Slam Basketball ABA: Red Conference Whatcom Pavilion
Bellingham Bulls Ice Hockey World Hockey Association Junior West League Bellingham Sportsplex

The people of Bellingham pursue a diverse range of amateur sports, with skiing and snowboarding at the Mount Baker Ski Area popular in the winter and kayaking and cycling in the summer. Mt. Baker claims an unofficial world record for seasonal snowfall, with 1140 inches recorded in the 1998-1999 season.[51] The Bellingham Bells are a baseball team in the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League, a collegiate summer baseball league. ... This article is about the sport. ... The West Coast Collegiate Baseball League (WCCBL) is an independent summer baseball league founded in 2005, comprising teams from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. ... The Bellingham SLAM are a 2005 expansion team in the Ron Boone Division of the American Basketball Association. ... This article is about the sport. ... The American Basketball Association (ABA) is a mens basketball league founded in 1999. ... The Red Conference is the Western Conference in the ABA. The league also has a Blue Conference and a White Conference. ... Image File history File links Bellingham. ... The Bellingham Bulls is a WHA Junior West Hockey League team based in Bellingham, Washington. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The WHA Junior West Hockey League is an Canadian Tier II Junior A ice hockey league based out of Southern British Columbia, Canada with a team from Washington State. ... The Bellingham Sportsplex is a multi-use sports facility located in Bellingham, Washington. ... Cross-country skiing (skating style) in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. ... Snowboarder in a half-pipe Snowboarder riding off cornice Snowboarding contributes greatly to the economies of ski resorts Snowboarding is a sport that involves descending a snow-covered slope on a snowboard that is attached to ones feet using a boot/binding interface. ... A view of Mt. ... Sea Kayaking at Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, Australia Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. ... Police officer on a bicycle Cycling is a means of transport, a form of recreation, and a sport. ...


Western Washington University, located in Bellingham, is home to NCAA Division II National Women's Rowing Champions. Although always nationally ranked, the Lady Vikings, in 2005, became Western's very first NCAA champion team and won again in 2006. Western Washington University (WWU or Western) is one of six state-funded, four-year universities of higher education in the U.S. state of Washington. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... A coxless pair which is a sweep-oar boat. ...


Western Washington University also operates a successful collegiate road cycling program that took top-5 positions nationwide at the 2006 nationals.[52]


Media

Newspapers

The Bellingham Herald is published daily in Bellingham. Other newspapers include The Cascadia Weekly[53], The Western Front],[54] Whatcom Watch,[55] the Whatcom Independent[56], the AS Review[57], and The Bellingham Business Journal.[58] This article belongs in one or more categories. ...


Television

KVOS is an independent television station licensed in Bellingham. The station broadcasts on channel 12. KVOS is an independent television station licensed in Bellingham, Washington. ...


Magazines

  • Frequency The Snowboarder's Journal is an independent snowboarding magazine based in Bellingham, published quarterly.
  • What's Up! is a monthly music magazine focused on local music. It covers live shows, band bios and new artist releases.[59]

frequency The Snowboarders Journal publishes four quarterly coffee-table magazines and a DVD in limited editions featuring mountain travel, interviews, and pictorials. ...

AM radio

Frequency (kHz) Call Sign kW (day) kW (night) Owner
790 KGMI 5 1 Saga Broadcasting, L.L.C.
930 KBAI 1 0.5 Saga Broadcasting, L.L.C.
1170 KPUG 10 5 Saga Broadcasting, L.L.C.

A kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to 1,000 hertz (1,000 cycles per second). ... Kwai Lo is Chinese slang for foreigner or ghost person. ... KGMI-AM 790 is a 50 kW radio station located and licensed in Bellingham, Washington, transmitting from an antenna behind their Bellingham studios on Yew Street Road. ... KPUG-AM 1170 is a sports radio station located and licensed in Bellingham, Washington, transmitting from an antenna behind their Bellingham studios on Yew Street Road. ...

FM radio

Frequency (mHz) Call Sign kW Owner
89.3 KUGS 0.1 Western Washington University
91.7 KZAZ 0.12 Washington State University
92.9 KISM 50 Saga Broadcasting, L.L.C.
102.3 KMRE-LP 0.1 American Museum of Radio and Electricity
104.3 KAFE 60 Saga Broadcasting, L.L.C.

A megahertz (MHz) is one million (106) hertz, a measure of frequency. ... Kwai Lo is Chinese slang for foreigner or ghost person. ... KUGS is a college radio radio station in Bellingham, Washington located at 89. ... Western Washington University (WWU or Western) is one of six state-funded, four-year universities of higher education in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Northwest Public Radio (NWPR) is the public radio service of Washington State University. ... Washington State University (WSU) is a major public research university in Pullman, Washington. ... KISM-FM 92. ... KMRE-LP is a low-power FM radio station in Bellingham, Washington. ... The American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham, Washington was founded in 1985 by Jonathan Winter[1]. Originally inhabiting a small storefront (under the name Bellingham Antique Radio Museum), the museum now occupies a much larger space, which includes exhibits of antique radios, as well as demonstrations of electric... Licensed to Saga Communications, LLC, KAFE 104. ...

Notable citizens

  • Tom Ackerman - Former NFL offensive lineman, born in Bellingham and attended Nooksack Valley High School
  • Tom Anderson - Co-creator of MySpace.com lived here before he attended college in California.[citation needed]
  • Bob Arbogast - Radio broadcaster, voice actor, and television host. Born in Bellingham.
  • Trey Azagthoth, guitarist of Death Metal band Morbid Angel, born in Bellingham
  • Steve Baker - First American to win an international motorcycle road racing championship
  • Kenneth Bianchi - One of the Hillside strangler serial killers, lived in Bellingham 1978-1979.
  • Robert Blake - Folk musician and organizer of the Annual Subdued Stringband Jamboree
  • Amy Brown - Fantasy and fairy artist. Born in Bellingham.
  • Billy Burke - Actor best known for his roles in television shows like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Party of Five, and 24.
  • Darren G. Davis - Comic book writer, creator, and publisher for Bluewater Productions.
  • Ben Gibbard - Singer/Songwriter for the band Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service. Attended WWU in the late 1990's.
  • R.W. Goodwin - Executive Producer of The X-Files[60]
  • Ken Griffey Jr. - Major League Baseball Player, played minor league baseball for the Northwest League's Bellingham "Baby" Mariners in 1987.[61]
  • Penelope Houston - Film-maker/Musician — member of The Avengers. In the mid-1970s she attended Fairhaven College in Bellingham, Washington.
  • Evan Knappenberger - Iraq veteran and peace activist, in Bellingham since May of 2007.[62][63][64][65]
  • Michael Koenen - Ferndale native, WWU alum, kicker for the Atlanta Falcons, NFL
  • Steve Martini - Author of several law thrillers including "Critical Mass". Resides on Lake Whatcom in Bellingham, Washington.
  • John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo - Carried out the Beltway sniper attacks, lived in Bellingham for less than a year between 2001 and 2002
  • Stephen S. Oswald - Astronaut, piloted two missions aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, and one in Space Shuttle Endeavour. Oswald has logged over 33 days in space. Considers Bellingham, Washington, to be his hometown.
  • Doug Pederson - Former NFL quarterback — attended Ferndale High School
  • Elizabeth Peratrovich - Alaskan civil-rights activist - attended WWU
  • General George Pickett - General in the Civil War - Was stationed at Ft Bellingham. The house he built with his wife in 1856 still remains and is the oldest house in Bellingham.
  • Lyle Saxon, Louisiana journalist and folklorist (1891-1946)
  • Dennis Sobchuk - Former NHL and WHA hockey player (Detroit Red Wings) now coaching the Junior-A Bellingham Bulls.[citation needed]
  • Ryan Stiles - Actor / comedian currently living just south of Bellingham on Lake Samish, owns, operates and sometimes performs at The Upfront, a comedy club located on Unity St.
  • Geoff Stradling - Composer, pianist and arranger and who recorded with Jane's Addiction on Ritual de lo Habitual, grew up on the southside of Bellingham
  • Hilary Swank - Academy Award winning actress born in Lincoln, Nebraska, attended Sehome High School
  • Ty Taubenheim - Major League Baseball Player with the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • K.M. Thompson - Renowned piano recording artist.

Tom Ackerman (September 6, 1972) was a center for the NFL. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 5th round. ... Tom Anderson(born October 13, 1975) is the President of the social networking website, MySpace. ... Bob Arbogast (b. ... Trey Azagthoth (born George Emmanuel III March 26 1965 in Bellingham, Washington) is an American musician best known as founder and guitarist of the Florida death metal band Morbid Angel. ... Morbid Angel is a Florida-based death metal band assembled in 1983. ... Steve Baker (born September 5, 1952 in Bellingham, Washington) is an American former Grand Prix motorcycle roadracer. ... Road racing can be a term involving road running, road bicycle races, or automobile races. ... Kenneth Alessio Bianchi (born May 22, 1951 in Rochester, New York, USA) is, along with cousin Angelo Buono, Jr. ... The Hillside Strangler is the media epithet for two men, Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, cousins who were convicted of kidnapping, raping, torturing, and killing girls and women ranging in age from twelve to twenty-eight years old during a four-month period from late 1977 to early 1978 in... Robert Sarazin Blake is a radical American singer-songwriter hailing from Bellingham, WA. Blake is generally considered a folk musician, though his music incorporates elements of traditional Celtic songwriters, modern punk rock, country, and blues. ... Amy Brown Book Cover Amy Brown (born 1972, in Bellingham, Washington) is a popular fantasy and fairy artist. ... Billy Burke was born on November 25, 1966 in Bellingham, Washington. ... Darren G. Davis is an American independent comic book publisher and writer. ... Bluewater Productions, Inc. ... Benjamin Gibbard (born August 11, 1976) in Bremerton, Washington and currently residing in Seattle, Washington, is an American musician who has formed several indie bands, and who is known for his songwriting. ... Death Cab for Cutie is an American band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. ... This article is about the band. ... The X-Files is an American Peabody and Emmy Award-winning science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, which first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002. ... Ken Griffey, Jr. ... Penelope Houston is a American singer-songwriter and former singer for the San Francisco-based punk rock band The Avengers. ... The Avengers were a California based punk band in the first wave of punk. ... Michael Koenen (born July 13, 1982 in Ferndale, Washington) is an American football punter in the NFL, currently playing with the Atlanta Falcons. ... Ferndale is a city in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Steve Martini writer of legal novels, know for THE JUDGE and UNDUE INFLUENCE. Born in San Francisco, raised in Bay Area and Southern California. ... John Allen Muhammad (b. ... Lee Boyd Malvo (alias John Lee Malvo or Malik Malvo) (born February 18, 1985), along with John Allen Muhammad, was arrested on October 24, 2002 in connection with the Beltway sniper attacks. ... Locations of the 15 sniper attacks numbered chronologically. ... Stephen S. Oswald, a NASA Astronaut. ... Doug Pederson (born January 31, 1968) is an NFL quarterback who spent most of his career playing for the Green Bay Packers. ... Ferndale is a city in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. ... Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich (b. ... George Edward Pickett (January 28[1] or January 16, 1825 – July 30, 1875) was a career U.S. Army officer who became a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. ... Lyle Saxon was a respected New Orleans journalist who reported for The Times-Picayune. ... Dennis Sobchuk (born January 12, 1954 in Lang, Saskatchewan) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 35 games in the National Hockey League and 331 games in the World Hockey Association. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Bellingham Bulls is a WHA Junior West Hockey League team based in Bellingham, Washington. ... Ryan Lee Stiles (born April 22, 1959) is an Emmy-nominated American actor and comedian, whose work is often associated with improvisational comedy. ... Geoff Stradling is an American rock and jazz keyboards musician, composer and arranger. ... Janes Addiction was an American rock band featuring Perry Farrell (vocalist), Dave Navarro (guitarist), Eric Avery (bassist), and Stephen Perkins (percussionist). ... Alternate cover Clean cover Ritual de lo Habitual is Janes Addictions second studio album, released on August 21, 1990 on Warner Brothers after taking their break in 1989. ... Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is a two-time Oscar winning American actress. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Nickname: Location in Nebraska Coordinates: , Country   State     County United States   Nebraska     Lancaster Founded[1]   Renamed   Incorporated 1856   July 29, 1867   April 1, 1869 Government  - Mayor Chris Beutler Area  - City 195. ... Ty Andrew Taubenheim (born November 17th, 1982 in Bellingham, WA) is a MLB pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ...

Sister cities

Bellingham has the following sister city relationships:[66][67] Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ...

Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Port Stephens is a large coastal inlet and a Shire just north of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Chile. ... City of Punta Arenas Punta Arenas in Tierra del Fuego Sunrise view of the Strait of magellan Punta Arenas is the main city on the Strait of Magellan and the capital of the Región de Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena, Chile, and depending on the definition of city... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Tateyama (Japanese: 館山市; -shi) is a city located at the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula in Chiba, Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia. ... Nakhodka is a port city in Primorsky Krai (Maritime Region) in the Far Eastern part of Russia, at 42°49′ N 132°53′ E The city has approximately 200,000 inhabitants. ...

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Historical

  • MacGibbon, Elma (1904). "Bellingham and Everett", Leaves of knowledge (DJVU), Washington State Library's Classics in Washington History collection, Shaw & Borden. OCLC 61326250. 

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