Bellevue, Nebraska

Bellevue City is located in the eastern part and is the third largest city in the U.S. State of Nebraska. Bellevue is on the Missouri River border with Iowa and is the oldest town in Nebraska. The city has over 640 acres of parks, wooded and paved trails that stretch for miles, and dozens of ball fields. The city is perhaps most known for being the historical home to Strategic Air Command and, today, US Strategic Command.

To See And To Do In Bellevue

  • The Fontenelle Bank Building
  • The Marcus Twin Creek Cinema
  • Fontenelle Forest
  • The Tregaron Golf Course
  • The First Presbyterian Church
  • American Hero's Park
  • Sarpy County Museum
  • Strategic Air and Space Museum
  • The Sarpy County Museum
  • Volcanic Peppers Shop

History Of Bellevue - Timeline

In 1805, Lewis and Clark explored the area. In 1822, an American fur trader and Indian agent, named Joshua Pilcher, built a fur trading post in Bellevue. In 1823, an Indian Agency was established. In 1828, Lucien Fontenelle, a French-American fur trader, purchased the fur trading post. In 1832, Lucien Fontenelle sold the post to the US government.

In 1833, Bellevue was permanently settled. In 1835, the Log Cabin at Hancock Street was built. In 1839, the Fontenelle's Post was abandoned. In 1846, the fur trader Peter Sarpy set up a ferry between Bellevue and St. Mary's in Iowa. In 1850, the community had become a hub for transfer of furs from the West and manufactured goods from the East. In 1854, the First Presbyterian Church was built, and the first newspaper, the Nebraska Palladium, was published.

In 1855, Bellevue was incorporated. In 1856, the Fontenelle Bank building was completed. Also in 1856, the William Hamilton House was built for Reverend William Hamilton. In 1865, the McCarty-Lilley House was built by Robert McCarty. He was a veteran of the Mexican–American War. In 1869, the railroad went through Bellevue. In 1875, the Fontenelle Bank building became Bellevue City Hall. In 1880, the original Bellevue College was established in Bellevue. In 1890, a one-room schoolhouse was built.

In 1936, the William E. Gordon House was completed. In 1940, about 1,200 people lived in the city, and in 1960, 9,000 people lived there. In 1966, Bellevue College was established, today's Bellevue University. In 1970, 20,000 people lived in the city. In 2010, the Bellevue Medical Center opened.