City of Seattle annexes the Town of West Seattle on July 24, 1907.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/28/2001
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 3317
On July 24, 1907, the City of Seattle annexes the City of West Seattle. The Seattle City Council passes ordinance 16558 that increases the area of the Seattle by nearly one-third, adding 16.34 square miles. The town of West Seattle incorporated in April 1902 and grew by its own annexations in 1904 and in 1907.

This was by far the second largest annexation to the City of Seattle. Seattle annexed a slightly larger area (16.94 sq. miles) in 1891 that included Magnolia Bluff to Lake Union to Green Lake.

West Seattle boundaries were: on the south by SW Roxbury Street, east by 1st Avenue S and north and west by Elliott Bay and Puget Sound. In October 1907 the Seattle City Council renamed the streets of West Seattle.


Sources: Myra L. Phelps and Leslie Blanchard, Public Works in Seattle: A Narrative History. The Engineering Department 1875 - 1975 (Seattle, Seattle Engineering Department, 1978), 218, 222, 224, 232.

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