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Mines faced disasters, financial woes
160479-54162-thumb.jpgn abandoned coal mine lies under the surface just above Bellingham Bay, near where Chrysalis Inn & Spa sits today. It's all that is left of the first coal mine in Whatcom County, begun in 1853 by William Pattle and some well-to-do partners. [full story]


Mine boss: Edmund C. Fitzhugh
160482-54164-thumb.jpgdmund C. Fitzhugh, a lawyer and coal mine manager, arrived at Sehome in 1854, instantly becoming Washington Territory's largest employer, at Bellingham Bay Coal Co. [full story]


Now long-gone fish traps drove fisheries
160483-54167-thumb.jpgBig trees, fertile soil, mountains of minerals and waters rich with life were the natural resources that made the cities by Bellingham Bay percolate. [full story]

Port was hub of bustling timber industry
160486-54169-thumb.jpgThe first European settlers to take root in Bellingham Bay, Henry Roeder and Russell Peabody, arrived in a canoe powered by two Lummi Indian guides in 1852. [full story]

Trees gave way to farms
160488-54170-thumb.jpgTheresa Eldridge, the first white woman on Bellingham Bay, left Ireland in 1850 during the Great Potato Famine. When she and her husband, Edward, and their tiny daughter, Isabella, arrived here in 1853, she must have hungered to get her hands into soil that could feed her new family. But first, those trees had to go. [full story]

Joe Bertero's fame grew at Joe's Garden
160489-54171-thumb.jpgoe Bertero, who founded a small farm that became a Bellingham institution, died last April at the age of 96. Born in San Francisco, Bertero lived much of his early life in Italy before moving to Whatcom County in 1925. He and his wife, Ann, started Joe's Garden about two years later. [full story]

Radio battled for access to news
160493-54174-thumb.jpghe history of local radio started when the lives of three men intersected - (Lafayette) Rogan Jones, a broadcasting pioneer; Louis Kessler, founder of "Kessler's Voice of Seattle" (KVOS); and a lawbreaking rumrunner named Roy Olmstead. [full story]

Cart and pony given to top paper carriers
160494-54175-thumb.jpghen Beauford Cyril Hemminger became a paperboy for the Daily Reveille 100 years ago, he had six customers on his route. He picked up his papers at Yew and Kentucky streets, then traveled to the top of Yew Street Hill, back down to the foot of Alabama Hill and finally down to James Street to deliver his papers. His pay: $4 a month. [full story]

Business photo gallery
160499-53772-thumb.jpgOne way to get around in 1918 was to take the Bellingham-Blaine Stage Line. Alex McNair of Blaine ran the service, which was headquartered in the Albany Hotel at Chestnut Street and Cornwall Avenue.[full story]

Center of business shifts with time
160500-54180-thumb.jpghe business core of the town we now call Bellingham has been an undulating center that shifted from place to place, roughly following the veins of transportation. [full story]

In tree-rich area, Griggs' Stationery took root
160502-54181-thumb.jpgs pro- and anti-consolidation forces on Bellingham Bay argued over whether to join the futures of Whatcom and Fairhaven, Horace Griggs made his way from Chicago to Seattle. [full story]

Pride's preserves spread beyond kitchen
160504-54182-thumb.jpgome businesses make a name for themselves because they've been around forever. Others base their success on innovation. [full story]

Morse: A business name that has endured
160505-54184-thumb.jpgf you're going to cut down trees, turn them into lumber and build a house, you're going to need hardware. [full story]

Pharmacy owners worked their way to the top
160506-54186-thumb.jpgt's not four generations of the same family that have owned Fairhaven Pharmacy, which opened in Whatcom County in 1889, it's four generations of delivery boys who have owned the store over the past century. [full story]

Family legacy grows at Smith Gardens
160507-54188-thumb.jpghe historical significance of 1265 Marine Drive, home of Smith Gardens, is nearly as impressive as the family members who have lived on and worked the land for 102 years. [full story]

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