Ballard voted to join city of Seattle, November 6, 1906

As you may know, Ballard was not always a part of the city of Seattle. It once stood as its own town. On November 6, 1906, residents of Ballard voted to join the city of Seattle 996 to 874, and officially joined Seattle May 29, 1907, as reported today by Daniel Demay, of the Seattle PI.


Ballard’s City Hall, built 1899
Photo courtesy Ballard City Archive
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections


Liquor store and restaurant in Ballard’s business district
Photo courtesy of Ballard City Archive and MOHAI Museum

Read the full Seattle PI article here.

Help fund the Ballard Tool Library project


The local organization, Sustainable Ballard is currently fundraising on indegigo to build a Tool Library for Ballard. A tool library is “just like a normal library, a tool library is a sustainable public service that provides community access to tools and an exchange of knowledge, at little to no cost.” says the Ballard Tool Library Project. 

Local Ballardites will be able to use the resource to borrow tools for DIY projects at home, such as woodworking, art projects, gardening, construction, power tools, knitting needles and many other loosely labeled tools. “The BTL will promote a sharing economy, mutual reliance, and environmental stewardship in Ballard.” says Anna Fidgeon.

The organization has thus far reached 30% of their goal. Visit their indegigo website to read more about the project, donate and help them reach their goal of $5,000.

Photo courtsey of Sustainable Ballard website

What’s on this weekend

This weekend is once again packed with fun and interesting local events. If you want to add your event to the schedule, email us at

Have a great weekend!

FRIDAY, November 6:

  • Live Music
    • Live music at Peddler Brewing Company 7:30-8:30 Whitney Monge (Seattle alternative soul artist) and 9:30-10:30 Sightseer (heartland rock band), no cover, all ages, food truck
    • Sebastian and the Deep Blue and Ryan Soleles, 8 pm at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW), Tickets $5
    • Roots Rockicana-Vaudeville Etiquette w/Heels to the Hardwood & The Ramblin Years at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW), doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Adler & Hearne – Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m, $5.
    • Here We Go Magic, Big Thief, Smokey Brights at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $13.

SATURDAY, November 7:

  • Total Nordic Scavenger Hunt suit up in your best Nautical or Viking gear and head down to Ballard for this fun, interactive scavenger hunt, 4-7, downtown Ballard. Cost $15
  • 10th annual Green Seattle Day Join hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of trees and other plants in parks throughout the City that will grow up to be the next generation of our urban forest, 9 am, parks around Seattle
  • Regional Orchid Show a regional show that will feature displays by orchid societies from throughout the Pacific Northwest and from vendors who will be competing for coveted American Orchid Society awards. 9-5 Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle 98117 Click here for their website.
  • Live Music
    • The Debaucheraunt album release, with Whisper De Corvo (Burlesque), Aqueous Straingely and Friends, Orkestar Zirkonium at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door.
    • A Tribute to Johnny Cash-Cash’d Out  at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) doors 6:30, show 7:00. Tickets $25 CURRENTLY SOLD OUT EARLY SHOW, LATE SHOW, $20 Doors 10:30, Show 11:00
    • The Whateverly Brothers with Dan Roberts (vocals/12-string guitar/mandolin/Appalachian dulcimer/baritone kazoo), Chris Glanister (vocals/6-string guitar/cittern/mandolin/banjo/bodhran/penny whistle/recorder/tenor kazoo) and Rob Kneisler (vocals/6-string guitar/banjo/bass ukulele/bass kazoo) at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 pm $7, Gerry O’Beirne  Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist, 9 pm, purchase tickets on website, remaining seats $20 at the door.
    • Ballard for Benrie at Sunset Tavern(5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $20.

SUNDAY, November 8:

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Ballard Elk’s Club Dancing with Lauren, 7-11, Ballard Elks Lodge #827, 6411 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107
  • Regional Orchid Show a regional show that will feature displays by orchid societies from throughout the Pacific Northwest and from vendors who will be competing for coveted American Orchid Society awards. 10-4 Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle 98117 Click here for their website.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Underwood Stables Presents: Holly Munoz and Ken Stringfellow w/friends at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at Doors 3:00, Show 4:00 Tickets $12.
    • Ballard for Bernie at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $20.

Police search for gun on Ballard High campus, student arrested nearby

Update 2:32 SPD and Seattle Schools just wrapped up a media briefing. No weapon found yet. Search will continue awhile longer, but students are being released. “A little bit of a slow release,” said Seattle Schools spokeswoman Stacy Howard, who thanked parents and students for their patience. Normal after-school activities for today, and regular school day tomorrow.

The school received the initial report from a student that another student was in possession of a gun, said Howard. It was a “very specific” description that led police to believe it was credible. Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said officers searched the school ground and locked down the campus “out of an abundance of caution.” Whitcomb said the campus is safe.

Meanwhile, SPD says it’s still talking with several students that were with the suspect when he was arrested at the Taco Bell on 15th. “It’s still under investigation,” Whitcomb said.


Update 2:21 The school is beginning to release students, SPD says. It doesn’t appear officers located the weapon.

Update 2:09 SPD reports they are on track for release between 2 and 3.

Update 1:39 Principal Wynkoop and Chief O’Toole updating students.

Update 1:25: The SPD is working with staff to get Ballard HS students released between 2 and 3 pm. Update 1:11 Parents and students will be glad to hear that Seattle PD says it’s working with school officials “toward an on time release.”

Update 1:08 The Ballard Talisman (school paper) reports on Twitter that officers are searching each classroom for the gun.

Update 1:00 Seattle PD says officers are still searching.

Update 12:56 Seattle Times says the original arrest went down near the Taco Bell, which would explain the police response. The call came in at 11:21 a.m.

Update 12:48 Seattle PD says there is no standoff at the Taco Bell on 15th (which was reported by the Ballard News-Tribune). Several Ballard residents told us they saw police respond to the Taco Bell a few blocks away from the school, but it appears to be nothing serious.

Update 12:43 Students are being moved into the gym and asked to leave their belongings in the classrooms, according to a parent in comments below and a student who sent us a tweet. Seattle PD says the school is secure, but we still see an ongoing search for a weapon. As reported earlier, a student was taken into custody off campus, and there are no reports of injuries.

Update 12:33 Officers and a police dog are searching the bushes around the school, and they’ve blocked off the entrance to the school’s parking lot.

Update 12:24 Parents and students are telling us the school is locked down but not evacuated. Students returning from lunch are being told to stay off campus for now.

Update 12:15 We’re also seeing social media reports of police at the Taco Bell on 15th, about 5 blocks away. KIRO’s chopper is live over Ballard here.

Update 12:07 SPD statement: “Seattle police and school officials are investigating after a student was reportedly seen with a firearm Thursday at Ballard High School. Officers and a SWAT team responded to the school and quickly located the student off campus. Officers took the teenage male into custody, but were not immediately able to locate a firearm. Out of an abundance of caution, police have evacuated the school and are searching the campus to ensure the safety of students and faculty.”

Update 12:03 p.m.: KIRO and Q13 are reporting that police are searching the school for a weapon after a student was arrested off campus.

No reports of any injuries. No confirmation of a lockdown.

Earlier: We’re seeing several reports on social media of a Seattle police presence and possible lockdown at Ballard High.

We’re doing some checking and will report updates soon…

Throwback Thursday: Ballard High School football

In honor of the Ballard High School football team heading to their playoff game this Saturday, we thought we would take a look at BHS football players of the past. Good luck to the BHS Beavers this weekend!


Ballard High School football players, Seattle, September 1954


Ballard versus Franklin High School football game in Seattle, 1958


Ballard Varsity Football, 1903

Photos courtesy of MOHAI and Ballard Historical Society.

Development update: Nov. 5: one land use application

It’s a quiet week for development plans in Ballard: just one land use application makes up this week’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


1703 NW 64TH ST


Land Use Application to allow a three story, seven-unit rowhouse structure. Surface parking for four vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Ballard for Bernie event, this weekend at the Sunset Tavern



This weekend, the community group Ballard for Bernie is holding a Bernie Sanders fundraising and awareness event. 

When: Saturday, November 7: 8:00 p.m. – Midnight and Sunday, November 8: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Where: Sunset Tavern5431 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

What: Live music, fundraising and awareness

Saturday Nov 7
Big Sur, Mindie Lind, Kingdom Pine

Sunday Nov 8
The Moondoggies, Country Lips, Ole Tinder

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to their Facebook page or to Sunset Tavern Tickets.

Football pep rally, Saturday, November 7, 1:30-3:00

There will be a pep rally for the football team this Saturday, November 7 from 1:30-3:00 at Ballard High School Gymnasium. The team is off to state for their playoff game vs. Central Kitsap, 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Alumni, family and community are invited to come show your support, celebrate the season, and honor the football team and graduating seniors.  Wear your Ballard black and red, bring family and friends, and let’s cheer our team on to victory!