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All areas annexed into the City of Seattle in 1907 struggled with concerns of a growing population: sustaining the water and sewer systems, keeping up with street improvements, and public safety issues.

Common to all the communities annexed to the City are comments relating to a fading rural way of life. Impounded cows, complaints of the noise of cowbells, and loose livestock all signaled the switch to an increasingly urban lifestyle, although the issues of noise, animals at large, and vandalism have not disappeared even today.

The last of the small towns to be annexed to the City of Seattle was Georgetown, which incorporated in 1904 and was annexed into Seattle April 11, 1910. After this date, no large annexations were made until the early 1950s.

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