A driver of a stolen vehicle crashed into Bellevue’s oldest surviving structure last Friday.
At 5 p.m., Oct. 20, Bellevue police responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a building at Chism Beach Park in Bellevue. Officers arrived and located a white Kia sedan that had crashed into the Burrows Cabin, built in 1883.
A witness saw a suspect run from the car after the crash and get into a waiting getaway vehicle in the parking lot. Police learned that the Kia was a reported stolen vehicle out of Renton. The cabin was checked by Bellevue City Engineer and cleared, and the stolen vehicle was towed from the scene. Police did not locate the suspects.
The Burrows Cabin was moved to Chism Beach Park from downtown Bellevue in 2016.
Built by Civil War veteran Albert Burrows in 1883, the cabin was moved to Bellevue Way in the 1930s and then again in 1946 to 112th Avenue Northeast, where it was a private residence. Because that site was later slated for redevelopment, the owners, Ty and Terry Thorpe, donated the cabin to the city and contributed $10,000 to assist in the preservation of one of Bellevue’s few remaining pioneer structures.
It now stands at Chism Beach Park, 9600 SE 11th St., on the upper lawn near the parking lot and picnic area.