The riverside community of Bellevue was laid out initially in 1835 and was resurveyed in the 1840s. Though it had a number of operating mills by mid-century, its economy was that of a shipping point, first as a Mississippi River port and then later as a railroad stop. Other than the fact that the town's grid followed the north-northwest course of the river, and that its east-west streets were platted to plunge into the river, there is nothing singular about its layout. Over the years, parks and school grounds have been added, and increasingly, its waterfront is being treated in a parklike fashion.
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