Underground Seattle FIRE Destroys A Million Rats!

Spring is here and the tourists will be flocking soon to Seattle, WA.  Once in a while I get asked what are some things that are fun to do in my city?  I usually give many suggestions, but one I had never given was one I finally toured myself! Please note all photos were taken by my friend Donna.  She shared these photos so we could collaborate on sharing this post.

The Underground Tour makes its home in the streets below our oldest neighborhood in Seattle called Pioneer Square.

The Underground Tour makes its home in the streets below our oldest neighborhood in Seattle called Pioneer Square.

 

It is the Underground Tour of the city of Seattle.  In 1889 the Great Fire of Seattle destroyed the city.  That burnt down city  is entombed under what is known as the Pioneer Square District.  In a short synopsis, the fire was started in a cabinet shop when a pot full of glue on a stove caught fire.  The ignorance of the men trying to put the fire out actually caused disaster as water was doused on the glue sparking a catastrophic event that forever changed Seattle and burnt down everything in its destructive path.  Unknowing to the ignorant men, the fire ended up being the best thing to happen to Seattle because the town would be built better than ever the second time around! And yes a million rats lost their lives!

This tour was quite interesting and rugged.  It was a good thing I was wearing good shoes.   The truth is you will encounter  “old west” terrain and must be prepared for many steps that lead to where the first pioneers began constructing the city.  I was very surprised also how comical this tour was.  The staff mean to please and they are sure to make you smile as you see the buried city of Seattle.

You will not be disappointed by taking the tour, but be sure to call ahead and find out the times.   Be sure also to give yourself about two hours to fully enjoy the experience.

Old Seattle was made of mostly wood.  The fire of 1889 destroyed most of the city due to this fact.

Old Seattle was made of mostly wood. The fire of 1889 destroyed most of the city due to this fact.  What is left of this first city is now underground!

 

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18 thoughts on “Underground Seattle FIRE Destroys A Million Rats!

      1. Wedgwood in Seattle History

        I recommend the tour also, it is hilarious! The terrain needed to be graded so that the streets would be more level, so after the Fire, they got a chance to correct things. They just pushed the dirt around on top of the burnt areas, filled it in and started over, so that is why there are portions of buildings underground. Some new buildings on top, used the old underground as storage areas.

  1. Angelia Sims

    Wow! That is really crazy. They burnt the whole town down! It was like OOOPS! But yay, for a new city built much better. I had no idea about this or the tour. Seattle is on my bucket list. I will definitely add this tour to it. Thanks for sharing. Great pictures! 🙂

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  2. jmsabbagh

    Beautiful post.My wife and l spend a whole day in Seattle when we took our Alaska Cruise .We visited few place specially the famous market.Regards.J.M.

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    1. alesiablogs Post author

      So glad you were able to come to my wonderful city! The weather is changing and I am sure our hotels will be packed to capacity. It is a great and fun place to spend time. Not too many cities as ideal. Not trying to brag or anything!

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      1. alesiablogs Post author

        If I had my choice I would be in LA a few months out of the year. I love it there! Thanks for being a dedicated reader! God Bless.

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