Ballard votes to annex to Seattle on November 6, 1906.

  • By Patrick McRoberts
  • Posted 11/04/1998
  • Essay 159
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On November 6, 1906, voters in the Town of Ballard approve annexation to Seattle by a majority of 996 to 874. The Ballard annexation adds 17,000 people to Seattle's population.

Both pro- and anti-annexation forces began selecting candidates to run for two anticipated seats on the City Council. The annexation became official on May 29, 1907. On that day the Ballard City Hall was draped with black crepe, and the flag on the city flagpole hung at half mast.


Richard C. Berner, Seattle 1900-1920: From Boomtown, Urban Turbulence, to Restoration (Seattle: Charles Press, 1991), 61;

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.

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