Images of America: Bellevue

By: City of Bellevue

A river town located on the banks of the Ohio, the city of Bellevue is nestled in Northern Kentucky among several small cities, including Newport, Dayton, and Fort Thomas. Bellevue became an independent city when it’s founders’ petition to the Kentucky legislature for a chapter was granted on March 15, 1870. At that time, there were only 380 people residing in Bellevue. In the years that followed, major religious and educational institutions were established, including Calgary Methodist Church in 1870, Sacred Heart Church in 1873, and the Bellevue Independent School District in 1871. Business and industry began to flourish in the early 1880s, especially along Fairfield Avenue, where at least 13 businesses had been established by 1882. Along with the growth of businesses and institutions, the Ohio River grew to become a very important part of Bellevue’s history. Offering countless opportunities for recreation, the Queen City Beach was considered the most popular freshwater beach in the region.

This illustrative volume showcases nearly 200 images of the city of Bellevue throughout its rich history, from its early beginnings to the mid-20th century. The photographs contained within these pages capture the story of Bellevue’s people, homes, churches, businesses, and famous beach. Images of America Bellevue was written and prepared through collaboration of the City of Bellevue, the Campbell County Library, the Cincinnati Preservation Association, and the Friends of Bellevue. More than 40 volunteers and staff members dedicated their time and talents to the publication.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.