The Town of Seattle was disincorporated on January 18, 1867, and remained a mere precinct of King County until late 1869, when a new petition was filed and the city was re-incorporated December 2, 1869, with a mayor–council government.
The later dereliction of the area may be a possible origin for the term which later entered the wider American lexicon as Skid Row.) Authorities declared martial law and federal troops arrived to put down the disorder.
The subsequent retrenchment led to the Seattle General Strike of 1919, the first general strike in the country.
A 1912 city development plan by Virgil Bogue went largely unused.
Stationed outside Seattle, the Hooverville housed thousands of men but very very few children and no women.
With work projects close to the city, Hooverville grew and the WPA settled into the city.
The Great Depression in Seattle affected many minority groups, one being the Asian Pacific Americans; they were subject to racism, loss of property, and failed claims of unemployment due to citizenship status.