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These Fascinating Vintage Photos Will Take you back to the 1960s Bellevue

During the 1960s, Bellevue was expanded when the Crossroads community and Lake Hills were annexed. The population of Bellevue increased more than fourfold over the next decade, making it the fourth largest city in Washington. A second floating bridge connected nearby Evergreen Point with Seattle in 1963. Later, Interstate 405 sliced through Bellevue, allowing north-south drivers to bypass Seattle while enhancing eastside accessibility.

Bellevue was outgrowing its strictly suburban orientation to become a distinctive metropolitan center, dominating the east side and influencing other cities, such as Seattle. Several new subdivisions, often meticulously planned, grew east of downtown, like shopping centers like Crossroads. Business parks and office complexes mushroomed.

In the past, we’ve looked at images of Bellevue in the 1940s and 1950s. And here, we have compiled a list of some interesting vintage photos of Bellevue from the 1960s.

#1 Bellevue 1960’s Postcard.

Bellevue 1960’s Postcard.

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#2 Bellevue’s Main Street and Bellevue Way looking north, 1965.

Bellevue's Main Street and Bellevue Way looking north, 1965.

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#3 View west, up NE 8th from the air, at about Bellevue Way, 1967.

View west, up NE 8th from the air, at about Bellevue Way, 1967.

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#4 The view from Somerset Hill, then still a work in progress, 1967.

The view from Somerset Hill, then still a work in progress, 1967.

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#5 Movie Theater in Crossroads, 1968

Movie Theater in Crossroads, 1968

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#6 Bellevue High School, 1960’s

Bellevue High School, 1960's

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#7 Bellevue Square Nordstrom store, 1969.

Bellevue Square Nordstrom store, 1969.

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#8 106th Avenue NE and NE 6th Street looking east, Bellevue, 1969

106th Avenue NE and NE 6th Street looking east, Bellevue, 1969

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#9 106th Avenue NE, Bellevue, 1969

106th Avenue NE, Bellevue, 1969

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#10 116th Avenue NE looking north, Bellevue, 1969

116th Avenue NE looking north, Bellevue, 1969

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#11 Aerial of Puget Power building and parking lot, Bellevue, 1969

Aerial of Puget Power building and parking lot, Bellevue, 1969

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#12 Albertson’s on NE 8th Street, Bellevue, 1969

Albertson's on NE 8th Street, Bellevue, 1969

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#13 Albertson’s on NE 8th Street, Bellevue, 1969

Albertson's on NE 8th Street, Bellevue, 1969

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#14 Alpine House, Bellevue, 1969

Alpine House, Bellevue, 1969

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#15 Arby’s on Bellevue Way, Bellevue, 1969

Arby's on Bellevue Way, Bellevue, 1969

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#16 B.F. Goodrich, Bellevue, 1969

B.F. Goodrich, Bellevue, 1969

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#17 Bel Air Chevrolet, Bellevue, 1969

Bel Air Chevrolet, Bellevue, 1969

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#18 Bel Air Chevrolet, Bellevue, 1969

Bel Air Chevrolet, Bellevue, 1969

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#19 Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, 1964

Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, 1964

Bellevue, Former Green's Funeral Home, 1964.

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#20 Bellevue Auto Interiors, Bellevue, 1969

Bellevue Auto Interiors, Bellevue, 1969

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#21 Bellevue Eye Center, 1051 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue, Washington, 1968

Bellevue Eye Center, 1051 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue, Washington, 1968

The building is now used by Overlake Medical Center.

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#22 Bellevue Library, 11501 Main St., Bellevue, Washington, 1967

Bellevue Library, 11501 Main St., Bellevue, Washington, 1967

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#23 Bellevue Medical-Dental Center, 1100 112th Ave. NE, Bellevue, Washington, 1964

Bellevue Medical-Dental Center, 1100 112th Ave. NE, Bellevue, Washington, 1964

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#24 Bellevue Park condominiums, Bellevue, 1969

Bellevue Park condominiums, Bellevue, 1969

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#25 Bellevue Pumping Station, Metro Sewage Disposal Project, July 9, 1965

Bellevue Pumping Station, Metro Sewage Disposal Project, July 9, 1965

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#26 Bellevue Square under construction, Bellevue, 1969

Bellevue Square under construction, Bellevue, 1969

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#27 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 1964

Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 1964

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#28 Bellevue Way looking south, Bellevue, 1969

Bellevue Way looking south, Bellevue, 1969

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#29 Bob Waters Richfield Station, Bellevue, 1969

Bob Waters Richfield Station, Bellevue, 1969

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#30 Business signs, Bellevue, 1969

Business signs, Bellevue, 1969

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#31 Carriage Inn, Bellevue, 1969

Carriage Inn, Bellevue, 1969

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#32 Clawson residence, 148 W Lake Sammamish Blvd., Bellevue, Washington, 1960

Clawson residence, 148 W Lake Sammamish Blvd., Bellevue, Washington, 1960

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#33 Community Clubhouse, Bellevue, 1969

Community Clubhouse, Bellevue, 1969

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#34 Court Supreme Motel, Bellevue, 1969

Court Supreme Motel, Bellevue, 1969

"Seattle's Nearest." Located on Highway 10, four miles east of floating bridge. Nine units, two with kitchen facilities. All carpeted. Full tile showers. Six units with car ports. Radiant and propane gas heat. Post office, Bellevue, Washington. Phone Bellevue 4-8824, Mrs. Elaine Kinsman, Designer, Manager.

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#35 Delbert Hutchison taking picture of family in front of Hutchison residence, Bellevue, 1963

Delbert Hutchison taking picture of family in front of Hutchison residence, Bellevue, 1963

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#36 Dr. and Mrs. Sherod Billington residence, 2620 90th Ave. NE, Bellevue, Washington, 1960

Dr. and Mrs. Sherod Billington residence, 2620 90th Ave. NE, Bellevue, Washington, 1960

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#37 Drugstore, Bellevue, 1969

Drugstore, Bellevue, 1969

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#38 Early construction for Interstate 5 in Seattle, 1960

Early construction for Interstate 5 in Seattle, 1960

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#39 Eastside Travel Service and Keenan Jewelry, Bellevue, 1969

Eastside Travel Service and Keenan Jewelry, Bellevue, 1969

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#40 Evered Mercury, Bellevue, 1969

Evered Mercury, Bellevue, 1969

The Evered family ran this business from 1957 until 2001.

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#41 Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant, Bellevue, 1969

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant, Bellevue, 1969

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#42 Firestone Tires, Bellevue, 1969

Firestone Tires, Bellevue, 1969

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#43 First Baptist Church, Bellevue, 1961

First Baptist Church, Bellevue, 1961

Located on 100th Avenue NE, this functioned as a church from 1900 to 1960. The building is now a teen center. The photo was taken from the northwest.

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#44 First Baptist Church, Bellevue, 1961

First Baptist Church, Bellevue, 1961

Located on 100th Avenue NE, this functioned as a church from 1900 to 1960. The building is now a teen center. The photo was taken from the south.

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#45 Grace Lutheran Church, 4625 NE 8th St., Bellevue, Washington, 1964

Grace Lutheran Church, 4625 NE 8th St., Bellevue, Washington, 1964

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#46 H.D. Fowler Company building, 13440 SE 30th St., Bellevue, Washington, 1965

H.D. Fowler Company building, 13440 SE 30th St., Bellevue, Washington, 1965

HD Fowler Company is the oldest and largest independent, family-owned distributor of waterworks, irrigation, pumps and wastewater treatment equipment in the Pacific Northwest

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#47 Hans Miller’s log cabin, Bellevue, 1969

Hans Miller's log cabin, Bellevue, 1969

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#48 Hansen Buick Building, Bellevue, May 1966

Hansen Buick Building, Bellevue, May 1966

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#49 Hansen Buick Building, Bellevue, May 1966

Hansen Buick Building, Bellevue, May 1966

Old Hansen Buick Building, May 1966. Dicks Restaurant Visible in Photo. Tearing down for construction of N.E. 10th between 104th & 106th N.E. Building originally built in 1948.

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#50 Intersection of 106th Avenue NE and NE 4th looking north, Bellevue, 1969

Intersection of 106th Avenue NE and NE 4th looking north, Bellevue, 1969

The Puget Power building is at right (opened 1956)(condo being built on site 2006), and the Business Center Building (opened in 1969) now PACCAR is on the left.

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#51 John Danz Theatre, Bellevue, 1969

John Danz Theatre, Bellevue, 1969

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#52 John L. Scott Real Estate, Bellevue, 1969

John L. Scott Real Estate, Bellevue, 1969

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#53 Kentucky Fried Chicken on Bellevue Way, Bellevue, 1969

Kentucky Fried Chicken on Bellevue Way, Bellevue, 1969

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#54 Kentucky Roast Beef, Bellevue, 1969

Kentucky Roast Beef, Bellevue, 1969

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#55 Kwik Cleaners, Bellevue, 1969

Kwik Cleaners, Bellevue, 1969

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#56 M.L. Davies residence, 4019 Hunts Point Rd., Bellevue, Washington, 1964

M.L. Davies residence, 4019 Hunts Point Rd., Bellevue, Washington, 1964

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#57 Main Street and 102nd Avenue NE looking east, Bellevue, 1969

Main Street and 102nd Avenue NE looking east, Bellevue, 1969

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#58 Main Street and Bellevue Way looking north, Bellevue, 1969

Main Street and Bellevue Way looking north, Bellevue, 1969

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#59 Main Street stores, Bellevue, 1969

Main Street stores, Bellevue, 1969

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#60 Marvel Morgan Drugs, Bellevue, 1969

Marvel Morgan Drugs, Bellevue, 1969

Marvel Morgan, a Rexall Drug Store was located in the Homemakers Center at 857 Bellevue Way NE and had prominent signage and a loyal clientele. A popular shopping destination in the 1960's.

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#61 Mayfair Market, Bellevue, 1969

Mayfair Market, Bellevue, 1969

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#62 Metke Ford, Bellevue, 1969

Metke Ford, Bellevue, 1969

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#63 Midlakes at NE 8th Street and 116th Avenue NE looking west, Bellevue, 1969

Midlakes at NE 8th Street and 116th Avenue NE looking west, Bellevue, 1969

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#64 National Bank of Commerce, Bellevue, 1969

National Bank of Commerce, Bellevue, 1969

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#65 NE 12th Street and 124th Avenue NE looking north, Bellevue, 1969

NE 12th Street and 124th Avenue NE looking north, Bellevue, 1969

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#66 NE 8th Street and 108th Avenue NE looking north, Bellevue, 1969

NE 8th Street and 108th Avenue NE looking north, Bellevue, 1969

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#67 Nordstrom Best store at Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Washington, 1968

Nordstrom Best store at Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Washington, 1968

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#68 North Towne shopping center, Bellevue, 1969

North Towne shopping center, Bellevue, 1969

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#69 Old Highland School, Bellevue, 1960

Old Highland School, Bellevue, 1960

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#70 Old National Bank, 108th Ave. Northeast and Northeast 8th St., Bellevue.

Old National Bank, 108th Ave. Northeast and Northeast 8th St., Bellevue.

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#71 Pacific National Bank, Bellevue, 1969

Pacific National Bank, Bellevue, 1969

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#72 Park Row shopping center, Bellevue, 1969

Park Row shopping center, Bellevue, 1969

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#73 Phillips 66 station, Bellevue, 1969

Phillips 66 station, Bellevue, 1969

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#74 Polynesia apartment unit, Bellevue, 1966

Polynesia apartment unit, Bellevue, 1966

In June 1966, John Anderson and Associates received honorable mention from the American Institute of Architects for the first unit of the 'Polynesia' apartment complex at 1186 102nd Ave NE in Bellevue.

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#75 Shell station, Bellevue, 1969

Shell station, Bellevue, 1969

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#76 Shopping center on NE 8th Street, Bellevue, 1969

Shopping center on NE 8th Street, Bellevue, 1969

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#77 Sign for Bartell Drugs and Safeway, Bellevue, 1969

Sign for Bartell Drugs and Safeway, Bellevue, 1969

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#78 Simpson Research Center, 3330 Overlake Parkway, Bellevue, Washington, 1961

Simpson Research Center, 3330 Overlake Parkway, Bellevue, Washington, 1961

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#79 Standard Gas Station, Bellevue, 1969

Standard Gas Station, Bellevue, 1969

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#80 Stores in Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 1969

Stores in Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 1969

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#81 Strom’s Custom Cleaners and Texaco station, Bellevue, 1969

Strom's Custom Cleaners and Texaco station, Bellevue, 1969

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#82 Surrey Down Elementary School, 609 112th Ave SE, Bellevue, Washington, 1960

Surrey Down Elementary School, 609 112th Ave SE, Bellevue, Washington, 1960

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#83 Texaco station and Firestone Tires, Bellevue, 1969

Texaco station and Firestone Tires, Bellevue, 1969

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#84 The Barb Restaurant and Russell Stover Candies, Bellevue, 1969

The Barb Restaurant and Russell Stover Candies, Bellevue, 1969

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#85 The Village Shopping Center, 10116 NE 6th St., Bellevue, Washington, 1968

The Village Shopping Center, 10116 NE 6th St., Bellevue, Washington, 1968

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#86 Tire store, Bellevue, 1969

Tire store, Bellevue, 1969

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#87 U.S. 10 highway, two-way left turn lane near SE 36th St., showing pavement markings and sign installation, 1960s

U.S. 10 highway, two-way left turn lane near SE 36th St., showing pavement markings and sign installation, 1960s

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#88 Washington Mutual Savings Bank, Bellevue, Washington, 1967

Washington Mutual Savings Bank, Bellevue, Washington, 1967

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#89 Water District 97 Headquarters, 16049 NE 8th St., Bellevue, Washington, 1960

Water District 97 Headquarters, 16049 NE 8th St., Bellevue, Washington, 1960

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#90 Westminster Chapel site, Bellevue, 1966

Westminster Chapel site, Bellevue, 1966

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#91 Wilburton Trestle, Bellevue, 1969

Wilburton Trestle, Bellevue, 1969

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#92 Wilburton Trestle, Bellevue, 1969

Wilburton Trestle, Bellevue, 1969

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#93 Winmar office building in Bellevue, 1969

Winmar office building in Bellevue, 1969

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#94 Zylstra building, 222 112 St. NE, Bellevue, Washington, 1967

Zylstra building, 222 112 St. NE, Bellevue, Washington, 1967

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#95 103rd Avenue NE and Main Street looking northeast, Bellevue, 1969

103rd Avenue NE and Main Street looking northeast, Bellevue, 1969

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#96 Bellevue Square from the air, facing east, 1960.

Bellevue Square from the air, facing east, 1960.

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