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In the early 1850s, coal was discovered beneath Sehome Hill and a company town was built near the mine. Called Sehome, it was the second town next to Bellingham Bay and was incorporated into the city of Bellingham in 1890. The geographical boundaries of the district are loosely defined as the area cradled in the valley to the east of Sehome Hill and south of the rest of the city.

Samish way serves as the main arterial that runs through the center of this district, bringing traffic from downtown to the south side. The street is better known as "hotel row," a reference to the concentration of hotels, motels and restaurants clustered along the way; the street also served as the city’s "cruising strip" a couple decades ago. The terminus of Samish Way and the district is the appropriately named "Sehome Village", a plaza of retail stores and restaurants that serve the area’s residents, including students at nearby Western Washington University.
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