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Columbia

Morgan Zender, 9, of Deming plays with brother Zackary, 9 months, at Elizabeth Park. Their family was in Bellingham to pick up a cousin. Elizabeth Park is the oldest park in Whatcom County. It's named for Mary Elizabeth Roeder, wife of pioneer settler Henry Roeder, who donated the land in 1884.
Morgan Zender, 9, of Deming plays with brother Zackary, 9 months, at Elizabeth Park. Their family was in Bellingham to pick up a cousin. Elizabeth Park is the oldest park in Whatcom County. It's named for Mary Elizabeth Roeder, wife of pioneer settler Henry Roeder, who donated the land in 1884. JOSIE LIMING THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Columbia neighborhood is a quiet, mostly residential haven stretching from the bluff above Bellingham Bay to Squalicum Creek on the north.

The older, tree-lined streets near the bay feature turn-of-the-century homes. Members of Eldridge Historical Society host annual tours of the historic homes, in part to raise money for summer concerts at nearby Elizabeth Park.

The northern part of the neighborhood has wider streets and newer developments, mostly from the mid-1900s.

Columbia Elementary School sits in the middle of the neighborhood, serving the family-friendly community.

HISTORY

The original Columbia School was built in 1890. In 1908, an addition was built and the school’s spire was removed.

A second building was built adjacent to it in 1925, which is the main elementary school building today at 2508 Utter St. The original structure was razed in 1936.

SCHOOLS

Columbia Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Shuksan Middle, Whatcom Middle, Bellingham High.

District: Bellingham School District, www.bham.wednet.edu.

PARKS

Elizabeth, Lorraine Ellis, Carl Lobe, Cornwall, Fountain Square, Peabody Plaza, Squalicum Creek Park (under construction).

QUOTE

“Part of why I wanted to be in Columbia is because it has a long history of self-defense against inappropriate development, whether it’s cell phone towers, big blocks of apartment buildings or airport noise.”

Flip Breskin, active resident

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