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From clubs to laptops, police work has changed
160474-54156-thumb.jpghe Bellingham Police Department got off to an inauspicious beginning. [full story]

Costly fires forced upgrades
160475-54158-thumb.jpgire protection was an impromptu thing in the early days of settlement around Bellingham Bay. When a fire started, people pitched in to try to put it out. [full story]

City services born of population boom
160478-54160-thumb.jpgn 1903, many of the businesses in Old Town were built on pilings and perched over the tideflats. [full story]

Pay to borrow a book? Early residents did
160520-54204-thumb.jpghe first libraries on Bellingham Bay were private operations - readers paid a fee to borrow books. [full story]

Higher education rose on Sehome Hill
160525-54212-thumb.jpg century ago, Western Washington University was a small school in a drained marsh atop Sehome Hill, training mostly young women to be teachers in the rustic fishing, logging and farming communities throughout the new state. [full story]

Students still walk historic hallways
160526-54214-thumb.jpghatcom Middle School students will be living the city's centennial history this school year. [full story]

'Sanitary' Assumption still in use today
160527-54216-thumb.jpgne of the oldest still-used school buildings in town is Assumption Catholic School, which opened Sept. 2, 1913, amid public fanfare and under the watchful eye of a faculty of 10 Dominican nuns who were just off the steamer from Tacoma. [full story]

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