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 Washington c. 1909
Corner of Holly and Oak Streets, c. 1909
Bellingham, Washington

[Source: Library of Congress]

Whatcom County was named for an Indian Chief. The word Whatcom is an Indian word meaning "noisy water".
The County was created on March 9, 1854 from Island County, Washington Territory. San Juan County was part of Whatcom county until 1873. Skagit County was part of Whatcom County until 1883.
The County seat is Bellingham

Population: 166,814 (as of 2000)
Total Area: 2504 sq. miles (2120 sq. miles of land and 384 sq. miles of water)
Highest Point: Mount Baker, 10,778 feet
Largest Body of Inland Water: Lake Whatcom
Rivers: Nooksack River


Towns and Cities
Acme, Blaine, Bellingham, Custer, Deming, Everson, Ferndale, Glacier, Kendall, Laurel,
Lynden, Maple Falls, Newhalem, Nooksack, Point Roberts, Sumas, Van Zandt, and Wickersham


Whatcom County has five entry points to Canada; Peace Arch Crossing, Interstate 5 Crossings (both in Blaine), Lynden, Sumas, and Point Roberts

Interesting Facts
Point Roberts is an extension of the Tsawwassen Peninsula, which is bisected by the international boundary along the 49th Parallel. It is separated from the United States by 25 miles of British Columbia. There are two ways to get to Point Roberts: by entering Canada, traveling to Tsawwassen, British Columbia, and reentering the US, boat.

Whatcom County is the #1 producer of raspberries in the state. Given that the state itself is the #1 producer of raspberries in the country, Whatcom County is responsible for almost 75% of the nation's raspberry production!!

Whatcom County is home of the Peace Arch, which celebrates the undefended character of the border between the US and Canada. 3,000 miles without fortification or troops. The Arch stands among 40 acres of formal gardens and has bronze doors, fixed permanently open. Sealed inside are fragments from ships "Mayflower" and "Beaver" (Hudson Bay Company's first steamboat on the Washington coast).

In 1935, Clark Gable and Loretta Young filmed scenes for "Call of the Wild" at Heather Meadows.

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July 1, 2015: 
News articles added: County Clerk sent bill (1892)

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