I popped a piece of Spearmint gum in my mouth at Pike Place Market, in anticipation of visiting Seattle’s Gum Wall. I wanted to be ready to make a contribution.
The gum wall is located in Post Alley, just downstairs from Pikes, at the box office of the Market Theater.
Back in the 90s, patrons of the theater started to stick their chewing gum on the wall, many times with coins stuck inside. The coins have disappeared, I thoroughly searched, but the gum remains. Though the theater workers tried to scrape the blobs off, they stopped when the wall was deemed a tourist attraction in 1999.
Trident, Wrigley, Extra, Orbit? They must all be represented here.
This oddity was named one of the top five germiest tourist attractions, along with the Blarney Stone. Considering that Peter is a, self-proclaimed, germaphobe, he gets deathly close. Do you see him shaking? I consider this cheap therapy.
With 50+ feet of wall to choose from it was difficult to pick the perfect local for my donation. But, I thought orange would be an excellent background for my crisp, white addition.
The tricky part was placing the gum without touching anyone elses.
Have you make a contribution to Seattle’s Gum Wall? What is the oddest attraction you have ever seen?