Bellevue Washington History

Downtown Bellevue, WA

Bellevue, Washington is located due east of Seattle and on the eastern shores of Lake Washington, and covers almost 34 square miles with a 2010 population of over 122,000 people. The name "Bellevue" is French in origin and means "beautiful view" - with panoramic views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains and downtown Seattle.

Originally, people came to this area because of necessity - it had a clean water source nestled around the natural abundance found in the nearby Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Today, people still have those gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains, but now they also have stunning views of downtown Seattle and the surrounding city landscape. It serves as a central hub for employment in the region too, but how did it all start?

Years of Western Expansion in Bellevue

In 1869, America saw the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which brought thousands of people to the West Coast, including Washington. Journeys that once took months, could now take less than a week. Population along the Golden Coast grew, including the city of Bellevue, which was founded that same year. Although it was little more than a rural area at that time, a man by the name of James S Ditty predicted in the 1920s, that the town would be developed into an urban paradise that include everything from golf courses to airports.

Once the Murrow Memorial Bridge opened in 1940, Bellevue was on its way to becoming more than just a suburb of Seattle, but rather a city in its own right. This was thanks, in part, to conveniences like the Bellevue Square Shopping Center, which opened in 1946 and is still operational - an important shopping and lifestyle center in downtown. With the addition of the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge in 1963, the city grew exponentially to include multiple industries and additional economic opportunities for its residents.

Today Bellevue, Washington is the fifth-largest city in the state and we'd love to show what still makes it special. We're Anthony Gilbert and Danny Evatt, Bellevue real estate experts, here at the Real FX Group. Simply call or e-mail us with a few details of what you're looking for a house and will match you with the right Bellevue home today!