Seattle grew enormously through annexation between 1905 and 1910. Many small towns sought a safer and more reliable water supply, a better sewer system, and a supply of electricity. As Seattle became a more urban and less rural city, its texture changed through annexation, adding distinct communities with characters of their own.
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The text of this exhibit was used, in part, to construct a travelling exhibit on annexations and Seattle's growth in 1907. That exhibit was a joint project of HistoryLink, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Seattle Municipal Archives, and can be viewed online in PDF format.
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