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Lettered Streets

Rena Ziegler of Bellingham strolls by Gossage Garden, near the northeast corner of Lettered Streets neighborhood. A psychotherapist, Ziegler has an office on C Street. Neighborhood resident Judy Buchanan oversees the pocket park at Cornwall Avenue and Alabama and F streets.
Rena Ziegler of Bellingham strolls by Gossage Garden, near the northeast corner of Lettered Streets neighborhood. A psychotherapist, Ziegler has an office on C Street. Neighborhood resident Judy Buchanan oversees the pocket park at Cornwall Avenue and Alabama and F streets. LUKE HARRIS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Situated between Columbia neighborhood and downtown, Lettered Streets was one of the first areas settled by Bellingham pioneers.

Many of the homes were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s for people working at a sawmill at the mouth of Whatcom Creek, now the site of Maritime Heritage Park.

With its mix of residential and commercial properties, Lettered Streets tends to attract single people and families on a budget. Many of the homes have been turned into duplexes or rentals.

HISTORY

The two-story house at 910 Bancroft St. was built in 1856 by Capt. George E. Pickett, a U.S. Army officer sent to build a fort near Bellingham to protect settlers from attacks by northern tribes.

The house was built with rough planks from the Whatcom Creek sawmill started by Henry Roeder and Russell Peabody, the first pioneer business in the area. The house is maintained by Daughters of the Pioneers.

SCHOOLS

Parkview Elementary, Whatcom Middle, Bellingham High.

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

PARKS

Maritime Heritage, Battersby Field, Faut’s Park, Ferenia Johnson Cornwall Tot Lot, Glen Gossage Plaza.

QUOTE

“I’m a walker, so I walk through the streets and to downtown and to the waterfront. That’s one of the reasons I prefer this neighborhood.”

Arlene Feld, new Lettered Streets resident

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