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    (1854- )
    Born in United States
    County seat of Whatcom County, Washington
    Located 21 miles south of the U.S.Canada border, 52 miles northwest to Vancouver, British Columbia and 90 miles south to Seattle
    Named after Sir William Bellingham
    Incorporated as a city (November 4, 1903)
    2019 Population: 92,314
    Nickname: City of Subdued Excitement
    Home to Western Washington University, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, Aftermath Clubhouse, T. G. Richards and Company Store, The Non-GMO Project, SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, Estrus Records and Mount Baker Theatre
    Has seven sister cities: Tateyama, Japan; Port Stephens Council, Australia; Nakhodka, Russia; Punta Arenas, Chile; Cheongju, South Korea; Vaasa, Finland and Tsetserleg, Mongolia
    It is located near an active volcano, Mount Baker.
    Before it is named Bellingham, it tried to be named as 'New Whatcom,' but the use of 'New' on city names are illegal under state law and other proposed names 'Whatcom' and 'Fairhaven' were turned down.
    Intentions to cut East Indian immigrants from the lumber mill work force resulted the Bellingham Riots (September 4, 1907).
    People in the downtown area often get drunk and rowdy at night.
    It gave us Death Cab for Cutie.
    It contains the lowest average of sunshine.
    It's one of the most expensive places to live resulted to be in a list for America's Worst Cities.
    An explosion on the Olympic Pipeline took place in Whatcom Falls Park (June 10, 1999).
    Ken Griffey, Jr. used to play for their minor league baseball team before playing for the Seattle Mariners.
    It is often selected on the lists for 'Best Places to Retire.'
    It hosts events such as the Ski to Sea race, LinuxFest Northwest, Bellingham Bay Marathon and the Bellingham Festival of Music.
    It is a recreation hotspot due to its location near the San Juan Islands and the North Cascade Mountains.
    Hilary Swank got her acting start at the Bellingham Theatre Guild.
    Ryan Stiles opened an improv comedy theatre here.
    It the northernmost city located in the contiguous United States to have a population over 50,000.
    They made one of Washington state's best craft beers.
    Formed in 1966, its weekly peace vigil is the longest running in the nation.
    Actor Tommy Noonan and NFL head coach Doug Pederson were born here.

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