Dept. of Transportation
Metro Transit Division

King Street Center
201 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
Metro Online Home

Milestones 1910s


  • Seattle-Everett Interurban enters service on April 30, and construction of interurban from Bellingham to Mount Vernon begins.


  • On March 7, Seattle voters approve funds for first city-owned streetcar line.
  • Northern Pacific and other railroads open Union Station
  • King County voters create Port of Seattle


  • Seattle voters turn down Virgil Bogue's "Plan of Seattle" on March 5.
  • Workers of Seattle and Rainier Valley Railway organize Local 587 of future Amalgamated Transit Union, or ATU.
  • Stone & Webster consolidates street railway and utility holding in Puget Sound Traction, Light and Power.


  • Seattle voters approve second city-owned streetcar line.
  • The Ellington Brothers debut the first public automobile passenger stage service between Seattle and Edmonds with a 7-passenger Garford touring car. The line is sold to Yost Auto Company of Edmonds in 1915.
  • Auto ferry begins operating in Western Washington on December 27 with the ferry Leschi.

Photo of Ferry Leschi on Lake Washington, 1940s
Ferry Leschi on Lake Washington, 1940s.


  • Seattle's first city-owned streetcar begins service between downtown and Ballard on April 1.

Photo of Municipal streetcar, @1915
Municipal streetcar, @1915.
Photo courtesy Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).


  • Seattle voters approve purchase of Seattle street railway from Stone & Webster for $15 million on November 5. : City of Seattle officially takes over railway April 1, 1919.
  • The Ellington Brothers revive the Des Moines Auto Company with two 14-passenger Buick buses.


  • E.A. Arneson begins operating North Bend Stage Lines.

1850 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000

Updated: Dec. 11, 2002