United States Seattle Underground

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T. Kirkendall and V. Spring

About This Spot

In 1889 a Seattle cabinet maker accidentally spilled and ignited a pot of glue. The result was the Great Seattle Fire which swept through 31 blocks of mostly wood buildings. The town council took this opportunity to make radical changes in landscape and elevate the town, which was often flooded by high tides. The new town was raised anywhere from 12 to 30 feet above the old town. During this process businesses operated underground while the new town rose up above. The Underground Tour explores a small portion of the old city.

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