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Seattle: Exploring Ballard
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In 1887, Captain William Rankin Ballard won the land that would become Ballard in a coin toss. It was its own city until it officially became incorporated in 1907 — and they've never quite gotten over it. Ballard still marches to the beat of its own drum, and you can find "Free Ballard" bumper stickers around if you look. Mostly, though, it's an artsy neighborhood full of boutiques, cafes, and Scandinavian flair.

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