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What’s the Deal With: The name ‘Happy Valley’?

Early residents were 'happy-go-lucky,' to put it mildly

A biker passes by a Happy Valley neigbhboorhood sign.
A Happy Valley neigbhboorhood sign welcomes travelers on 21st Street, just south of Western Washington University. The neighborhood's name playfully evokes its early Irish settlers. (Ralph Schwartz/Cascadia Daily News)
By Ralph Schwartz Staff Reporter
What’s so happy about Happy Valley? The name of the Bellingham neighborhood certainly couples w

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