Throwback Thursday: 110 years since Seattle annexed Ballard

Ballard was its own city from 1890 until May 29, 1907. The City of Ballard’s short-lived independence ceased to exist when it was annexed to Seattle, adding the new neighborhood to the northwest as well as 17,000 people to Seattle’s population.

The vote to annex had passed by 996 to 874 votes on November 6, 1906, following Ballard’s increasing difficulties in keeping its services abreast of a growing population. Particularly problematic was the clean water supply.

On the day the City ceased to exist, the Ballard City Hall was draped in black crepe, and the flag on the city flag pole hung at half mast.

Ballard Avenue from City Hall, Ballard, ca. 1900 postcard


Sources: Patrick McRoberts,, ( Essay 1421, 1999); Walt Crowley, National Trust Guide Seattle (New York: Preservation Press, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998); Myra Phelps, Public Works in Seattle: A Narrative History The Engineering Department 1875-1975 (Seattle: Seattle Engineering Department, 1978), 222; Passport to Ballard: The Centennial Story ed. by Kay Reinartz (Seattle: Ballard News Tribune, 1988), 64; Jeannie Yandel



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