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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Seattle by Eric Amrine

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Ballard

In the late 19th century, Scandinavian loggers and fishermen established a working waterfront which is still functioning a full century later. Seattle annexed Ballard in 1907, taking advantage of the huge econom­ic growth the mill town fostered; by then Ballard was the state’s third largest city. Seattle’s commercial fishing fleet resides at Fishermen’s Terminal just across Salmon Bay. The late 1990s dot.com boom made real estate prices skyrocket, and scores of boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants opened, reflecting the changing demographics. Popular tourist attractions include the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Golden Gardens. The Nordic Heritage Museum celebrates the culture of the area’s Scandinavian Americans, and every May 17, ...

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