North Admiral is the oldest neighborhood in West Seattle, Washington. In the early 1900s it was connected to Seattle by ferries and a cable car. These ferries included the paddle steamers City of Seattle and West Seattle. Admiral is a neighborhood that combines a beautiful residential area with ultra-hip businesses and unique culture. After early settlers wrote off Alki beach as too harsh, they moved to the more civilization-friendly top of the hill. This became the business and commercial district of the town of West Seattle, while more residential areas cropped up in the surrounding area. Admiral attempted to annex these smaller neighborhoods without success. All of the communities worked together to get bridges and roads put in so that West Seattle would be more accessible by Seattle residents. In this they did succeed, especially if you count the ferry that crossed Puget Sound in a record eight minutes. There was much argument about whether West Seattle should be annexed into Seattle Proper, and it finally happened in 1907. Still, because of its geographic separation from the rest of the city, West Seattle has a distinct culture, and Admiral remains the center of it all.