Legend has it Ballard's ordinances decreed that the number of saloons in the city could not exceed the number of churches. The taverns that did exist weren't always to the liking of the town's citizens. One petition requested denial of a liquor license renewal to the Pioneer Saloon, located at First and Shilshole Avenues, saying, "We do not think there is any question but that this saloon has been conducted as a resort for low men and women."
Box 4, Folder 27, City of Ballard City Clerk's Files (Record Series 9106-03),
Seattle Municipal Archives
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