Seattle Underground : The remains of the old city that were abandoned and left in ruins until the 1950s

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Seattle Underground : The remains of the old city that were abandoned and left in ruins until the 1950s

If anyone has a chance to see the interconnecting tunnels of the world famous Seattle Underground, definitely don’t miss the opportunity. It’s extraordinary. And the history is just as fascinating.

Seattle Underground hides the remnants of the old city. Under the streets of Pioneer Square neighborhood, there is an entire network of subterranean hallways, corridors, and basements, where the city of Seattle was born. And there, the ruins of shops, hotels, houses can be seen still standing. Over the recent decades, these spaces have become a popular attraction and a history museum of Seattle’s early days

The “Seattle Underground” as seen on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour— the facade is seen here was at street level in the mid-1800s. Author: Postdlf CC BY-SA 3.0
The Seattle Underground Tour takes tourists into the forgotten world of Seattle as it was in 1900. Although it is pretty commercial, it is worth the hour, if one has the time. Author: Rennett Stowe CC BY 2.0
Start of the Great Seattle Fire, looking south on 1st Avenue near Madison Street/Public Domain

The glue boiled over, and caught fire, very easily spreading to the floor covered in turpentine and wooden chips. In the ensuing chaos, John tried to extinguish the fire with water, which made it even worse because the water thinned the turpentine and spread the fire even more.

A view from the Seattle Underground looking upwards at the glass skywalks built above the previous street level which supports the current sidewalk. Author: Mark Hursh CC BY-SA 3.0
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