City of Seattle annexes the Town of Ravenna on January 15, 1907.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/28/2001
  • Essay 3315
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On January 15, 1907, the City of Seattle annexes the Town of Ravenna, located just north of the University District.

On this day, the City Council of Seattle approved ordinance 15228 that added 0.62 square miles to Seattle. The former fourth class town was a five-block-wide strip that went between 15th Avenue NE and 20th Avenue NE and between NE 85th Street to NE 55th Street plus an area from 20th Avenue NE on the west and 30th Avenue NE on the east and from NE 65th Street on the north to NE 55th Street on the south.

During 1907, Seattle annexed seven adjacent areas that nearly doubled the size of the city from 35 square miles to 67 square miles. Later in the year, during August 1907, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance (16791) renaming Ravenna's streets.


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, 230.

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