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Bellevue, Washington, USA -

Bellevue is a city in the Eastside region of King County, Washington, United States, across Lake Washington from Seattle.

The name "Bellevue" is French for "beautiful view".

Bellevue was founded in 1869 by William Meydenbauer and was officially incorporated on March 21, 1953. Prior to the opening of the Lake Washington Floating Bridge in 1940, Bellevue was a rural area with little development.


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Bellevue, Washington, USA


Bellevue, Washington, USA


Bellevue, Washington, USA


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Bellevue was founded in 1869 by William Meydenbauer
Bellvue was officially incorporated on March 21, 1953
1963 - August 28 - Evergreen Point Floating Bridge connecting Seattle & Bellevue opens
2023 - Here's a diverse list of places to go and things to do in Bellevue:
Bellevue Downtown Park:

Start your visit with a relaxing stroll in this beautiful park. It's a perfect spot for a picnic, a casual walk, or even some yoga.

Meydenbauer Beach Park:

Enjoy the waterfront at Meydenbauer Beach Park. You can take a leisurely walk along the shoreline or have a peaceful day by the water.

Bellevue Arts Museum:

If you're into art and culture, this museum is a must-visit. It features a variety of contemporary art exhibitions, craft displays, and interactive installations.

Bellevue Botanical Garden:

Take a break from the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Bellevue Botanical Garden. It's a lovely place to explore and appreciate nature.

Factoria Mall:

Shop till you drop at Factoria Mall. It has a range of stores, from big brands to local boutiques. You can also find some great dining options here.

Bellevue Square:

This iconic shopping center is not just for shopping but also for dining and... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Bellevue, Washington, USA

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photo of Albert BURROWSAlbert BURROWS (20 February 1837, Morrisville, Indiana, USA - 30 April 1896, Bellevue, Washington, USA)
male ancestorJesse Boyd WARREN (13 December 1839, Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada - 18 January 1913, Bellevue, Washington, USA)
photo of Margaret WOODSMargaret WOODS (1847, Pakenham, Lanark North, Ontario, Canada - 1937, Bellevue, Washington, USA)
male ancestorJames Sanderson DITTY (10 August 1880, Hudson, Ohio, USA - 2 June 1962, Bellevue, Washington, USA)
male ancestorAlbert Warren BURROWS (10 July 1898, Bellevue, Washington, USA - 23 December 1982, Kirkland, King, Washington, USA)
male ancestorThaddeus KARETA (28 September 1922, Westfield, Massachusetts, USA (Wyben) - 30 December 1983, Bellevue, Washington, USA)
photo of Joseph Michael RIZZAJoseph Michael RIZZA (13 June 1936, New Britain, Connecticut, USA - 5 July 2017, Bellevue, Washington, USA)

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Updated: 10/16/2023 10:00:07 AM