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|Description||The name Bellevue is derived from a French term describing the area's view, both to the east where the Cascade mountain range is visible across Sammamish Lake and to the west across Lake Washington, where the Olympic mountain range is visible. The city's founder was Aaron Mercer, whose family also founded Seattle. Mercer established a homestead in an Indian longhouse near Yarrow Point, often rowing across Lake Washington to purchase supplies in Seattle. Otherwise, the first whites to occupy the area that would become Bellevue were likely hunters from Seattle. |
However, the city's history can be traced back to January 25, 1856, when a band of Indians canoed across Lake Washington from the present-day site of Bellevue in a silent attack on Seattle's roughly 200 white residents. Since Puget Sound Indians were generally friendly to white settlers, historians believe the attackers to be of the Yakama Nation.
Bellevue has a council-manager form of government with seven, non-partisan council members elected at large for staggered four-year terms. The City Council selects a Mayor from among its members (and not by popular vote), who serves as council chair but has no veto power.
All-America City Winner 1955.
All-America City Finalist 1989.