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About Ballard

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This neighborhood began as an industrial center more than 100 years ago, but today, it's mostly known for its Scandinavian culture. The distinctive accent is a neighborhood trademark, with "ya sures" and "you betchas" serving as the source for many jokes. Restaurants serve up traditional foods like lutefisk and lefse, and many shops sell Scandinavian trinkets. In addition, the Nordic Heritage Museum displays the history of this neighborhood from its origin to the present day.