The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

May 15, 2009

An Aerial View of Downtown Bellevue From 1979

Filed under: Bellevue, History — Brian Lutz @ 10:26 am

I just wanted to put up a quick post this morning to point over to Vintage Seattle, where a number of interesting high-res aerial photos from April of 1979 submitted by a reader have been posted.  Among photos of Seattle Center, Downtown Seattle  and the Opening Day boat parade in the Ship Canal is one that should be of particular interest to readers of this site:  an aerial photo of Downtown Bellevue.  For all the research  I have done on the history of Bellevue and the rest of the Eastside, there are still a couple of surprises to be found there (in particular, the huge chunk of undeveloped land in the middle of the Downtown Bellevue area visible in the photo.)  Perhaps if I get a chance (and permission to do so) I will take a closer look at this and do some analysis on the photo later.  In the meantime, the rest of Vintage Seattle is highly recommended for people with an interest in history on the other side of the lake.

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