Bellevue is located in Erie, Huron, and Sandusky Counties in the Northwest part of Ohio. Just 15 minutes to the north is Lake Erie, 60 miles to the East is Cleveland, 50 miles to the West is Toledo, and 100 miles to the South is Columbus. Careful planning for the future and an eagerness to retain its atmosphere of "down home" congenialty are principal ingredients in the growth of Bellevue.
The early settlers called this community "Amsden's Corners" in honor of Thomas G. Amsden the first merchant, who came to the area with a friend, Fredrick A. Chapman, in 1819. These men carried on an extensive trade with the French and Indians and did all in their power to attract new settlers. The name of Bellevue was given to the corners after the Mad River Railroad was completed. Commissioned by the company to name the new station, James H. Bell, a civil engineer, called it Bellevue, the city with a "view."
Bellevue boasts area attractions such as the Seneca Cavers, Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum, and Historic Lyme Village.
*copy excerpts courtesy of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce