When I think of the “underground world” I immediately think of deep in the ocean, far beyond the depth a normal scuba diver could delve and where sunken ships are hidden. Never did I contemplate that it would be just one floor below the street level of a busy downtown.
Just below street level of Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington lived a secret world to us today.
Seattle’s Underground Tour starts in the heart of Pioneer Square and If you look through the glass grates scattered throughout the sidewalks, you may get a glimpse of what lies below. I, personally, did not want to press my nose to the glass floor where dirty feet walked, so I decided to take the tour.
Once we arrived, we were guided downstairs to passages that used to be first-floor storefronts until a fire in 1889, combined with flooding, caused the destruction of 25 square blocks. It was than determined that the construction would have to raise a level.
Store owners who didn’t want to wait for the entire “raising” construction process to be complete, decided to rebuild on the same muck. Their store fronts later became basements.
We spent an hour and a half winding our way through narrow passageways learning about the towns history by our animated guide. This was just enough time, any more historical facts and my head would have started spinning…literally.
This would be the perfect excursion to save for one of those rare rainy Seattle days.
Have you ever been on the Underground tour? Do you enjoy historical tours?
Disclosure: This attraction was sponsored by Underground Tour, but all the words I write come straight from my, sometimes distorted, mind. Just as it should be.