Learn more about the intriguing history near Seattle real estate by going on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. Be ready to laugh, be amused, and explore underground storefronts and sidewalks. Not everyone knows that Seattle was rebuilt on top of itself. The Great Fire of 1889 destroyed 100 acres of Seattle’s waterfront and business district. This area was mostly comprised of wooden buildings, which were not well suited for a city built on soggy tideflats. The mud in the city was also terrible when it rained. When the city began plans to rebuild after the fire, they decided that the buildings must be made of stone or brick. They also decided to raise the city up to get people out of the mud.
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As the city rebuilt, those who called Seattle home built retaining walls and raised the streets. Some people in a hurry still rebuilt in the old lower area, but their business would eventually be underground when the city built sidewalks even with the raised buildings. Hollow tunnels were left underneath. Over the years, people forgot about this underground city. It wasn’t until 1954 when Bill Speidel and his wife took on the challenge of preserving this little slice of history. Through their efforts, Pioneer Square became a Historic district and the underground was preserved. There is, of course, much more to this story, but you will have to go on the tour to hear about it.
Come down to Pioneer Square for a tour to learn the fascinating story of early Seattle real estate. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April through September and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October through March. Tours are available every hour every day (except major holidays) with additional tours available during the summer. Purchase tickets online or at the box office. Tours last about 75 minutes. Children are welcome, but those under 6 may find the experience a little difficult. Find answers to all of your questions about Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour and purchase tickets.