Becoming one city made it a lot easier for some Bellingham folks to remember their mailing address. For example, Ella Higginson, the noted poet, said she'd lived in four towns without even moving.
When she came to Bellingham Bay in 1888, her address was Sehome. In 1891, it became New Whatcom. In 1901, the town dropped "New" and was just Whatcom. Then, in 1903, her town became Bellingham.