Bellevue: Post World War II Years

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Bellevue has grown, in just a few generations, from a small farming town into an important urban center and economic hub, with the foundations for this success being laid in the two decades following World War II. The opening of the Mercer Island floating bridge, in 1940, promoted the settlement of the lands to the east of Lake Washington during the population and housing boom of the 1950s and 1960s, and Bellevue became the primary commercial center for these vibrant new communities. Families flocked to the shiny subdivisions, with new schools, shopping centers, churches, and parks springing up right behind. But it was strong political, business, and civic leadership that kept Bellevue from being just another sprawling suburb. As business began to push outward from Seattle, Bellevue was able to grow gracefully and preserve its sense of place. It remains a wonderful community for families from around the globe and a place that longtime residents are reluctant to leave.
ISBN: 9781467131599
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 187
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Eastside Heritage Center is committed to preserving the past, building community, and connecting people with their heritage. Within these pages are photographs and documents from Eastside Heritage Center's extensive collection illustrating Bellevue's mid-century history as an all-American suburb.
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