City Of Bellingham Washington -
Mt. Baker Peeks over Bellingham's Foothills.
Capt. George Vancouver first visited what is now
Western Washington during his exploration of Puget Sound in
1792, but Capt. Vancouver never actually visited Bellingham bay himself.
While stopping over in nearby Birch Bay Captain Vancouver sent out
his men in smaller boats to explore nearby waterways
& coastline. Their discoveries were then charted and given
names--- Captain Vancouver chose to honor his friend Sir William Bellingham
by naming a nearby bay after him. In later years when the small but very
nearby cities of Fairhaven, Whatcom, Sehome chose to join into one
city they decided on the name "Bellingham".
Bellingham as we know it today is a
conglomeration of several communities that over time changed
their names and eventually merged together. Some
former names of these communities include:
|· Fairhaven - Old Bellingham
· New Whatcom - Unionville
· Pattle's Point - Sehome - Whatcom