The land that is Bellevue was used for hunting, fishing, and warfare by Native Americans tribes such as the Illini, Miami, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Tuscarora. In 1745 a battle in Bellevue between the Shawnee, Miami, and Cherokee Indians lasted three days and many were killed. Bellevue is on a gentle slope that rises toward the Kentucky Highlands region at the south of city. Topographically, Bellevue is on higher ground than its neighboring cities. When the Ohio River would rise the homes in Dayton and Newport would flood whereas the homes in Bellevue (with exception of those closest to the river) would be safe from the flooding. For this reason Bellevue is not behind a levee whereas Dayton and Newport are.