Bellingham Working Waterfront


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ArcGIS StoryMap research project examining the transformation of Bellingham, Washington’s shoreline from 1853 to 2019. Maps show tidal flats, historical plats, railroads, and geological surveys to explore Bellingham’s waterfront heritage.
Bellingham Working Waterfront
This project utilizes ArcGIS (Geographic Information System) tools to visualize 160 years of the waterfront’s evolution into the highly engineered landscape we see today. Maps showing the Bellingham tidal flats as they existed for most of human history are overlaid with historical plat maps, railroad maps, and geological surveys conveying how the shoreline was reshaped and filled. While not a comprehensive overview of the history of Bellingham, it aims to give an overall sense of the city’s unique heritage as well as its future.