The Town of South Park was incorporated December 9, 1902 and the Town Council held its first meeting on December 23. South Park was served by three mayors in its four-and-one-half years of existence. These mayors were S.J. Bevan (1902-1903), G.C. Lingenfelter (1903-1905), and A.G. Breidenstein (1906-1907). Bevan resigned for unknown reasons after serving less than ten months.
South Park was plagued by problems in securing adequate city services. Particularly vexing was the inability to obtain a decent water supply. Although the City of Georgetown owned mains that ran through South Park, it refused to supply water to the latter, occasioning a bitter court battle over legal rights to the water. In 1905-1906, the town contracted with an independent water company, but in April 1906 the water was found to be contaminated because South Park did not have a sewer system. The Town Council petitioned Seattle to run Cedar River mains to the edge of the Town.
In October of 1906, the electorate voted 131-59 for annexation to Seattle, but apparently no action was taken beyond the vote. On March 23, 1907, a second vote for annexation was 181-36 in favor and on May 3, 1907, South Park became part of the City of Seattle.
The Town of South Park Records, 1902-1907, include City Council minutes, ordinances, contracts, bills and receipts, correspondence, town officials' reports, and petitions. Of particular interest are the records dealing with the issue of the town water supply.
Restrictions on Access :
Records are open to the public.Preferred Citation :
[Item and date], Town of South Park Records, Record Series 9174-[xx]. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.
The Town of South Park Records are arranged in three series:
Series I: City Council Minutes (9174-01)
Series II: Ordinances (9174-02)
Series III: City Clerk's Records (9174-03)
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
1.2 cubic ft.
Administrative records of South Park filed with the City Clerk. Materials include contracts, bonds, correspondence, city officials' reports, oaths of office, petitions, and tax statements. Records relate to local improvements, franchises, elections, and licensing of saloons and sporting exhibitions.
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