Pittsburgh Suburbs: History of Bellevue

history of Bellevue

 A History of Bellevue

Bellevue is a borough in Allegheny County, located along the Ohio River. The population was 8,370 as of the 2010 census. The borough was incorporated in 1867. In the neighborhood, there is a public park and library. The land on where Bellevue sits was once part of what was called the Depreciation Lands reserved for Revolutionary War veterans. The first landowners in Bellevue were James Robinson and Hugh Henry Brackenridge. Boroughs are typically designed for at least 300 residents and at the time of its organization, Bellevue had just that. The name of the borough was chosen by a man named J.J. East, a linguist and early resident of the borough. The name Bellevue means “beautiful view.”

Facts about Bellevue

History of Bellevue

Bellevue is full of active, friendly people doing interesting things. Friday night high school football has always been active in the community. Bellevue’s Northgate Junior-Senior High School were WPIAL/PIAA contenders last year. Due to how small the school is, several football players actually do double duty and play in the marching band as well! Bellevue is home to many local shops too, like the custom baker “Cake it Easy,” whose owner Tamra is working on designing a special cake for the upcoming Bellevue House Tour. Speaking of the Bellevue House Tour, it will be on Saturday Oct. 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will continue to celebrate Bellevue’s 150th anniversary year. The third annual Live Worship Shop Tour is sponsored by the Bellevue Initiative for Growth and Development and tickets can be purchased at BellevueHouseTour.com. Bellevue is also home to urban farmer Christie Biber and her husband who is a biking enthusiast who has almost single-handedly maintained a bike path at a local park in the community. Together, the Bibers have turned their tiny lot into a farm-to-table treasure trove of produce, fruit, eggs and more. Bellevue’s architecture is made up of unique duplexes, one of which (a classic Italianate) is featured on the house tour.

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2 thoughts on “Pittsburgh Suburbs: History of Bellevue”

  1. I finished a study of the Bellevue and Davis Island Incline. It includes all the newspaper and journal reference that I could find, along with maps, photos, etc.

    It is in several .pdf files.

    If you are interested in a copy, send me an email address.and I will send it.

    1. Hi Dan,

      Please send me your study. I’m looking for information on the short-lived Fisher conduit railway, for a book I’m doing on the conduit tramway at Blackpool, England.

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