Zip codes 98107, and 98117; Ballard is a neighborhood located in the northwestern part of Seattle, WA., that happens to takes up just over 4 square miles and has a population of around 40,000. The neighborhood’s landmarks include the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (known locally as the "Ballard Locks"), the Nordic Heritage Museum, the Shilshole Bay Marina, and Golden Gardens Park. Ballard is quickly becoming one of the hottest neighborhoods in Seattle. Talk to any one of the residents and ask what they love about it; you might get an ear full! While recent development has turned this one time blue-collar neighborhood into a hip, urban village, under going all these changes, it's managed to keep it's charm. Ballard Avenue is a nationally registered historic district, takes both residents and visitors back to the time when Ballard was an area filled with loads of lumber mills that produced; largely, housing shingles; prompting the neighborhood to be anointed “The Shingle Capital of the World". Metal plaques with historic pictures and stories guide visitors through those times.