Seattle Underground City -
the spooky city that lies beneath Seattle's present street
level where you'll learn how the Underground was created.
The subterranean walkways are dry, but the history sure
isn't! You may remember seeing the Hollywood version in the
1973 made-for-TV movie "The Night Strangler"
where newspaper man turned monster hunter, Carl
Kolchak is searching for a supernatural serial killer
who is hiding in the underground city beneath the streets.
most people don't know about this coastal city is that in 1889, an
accidental fire spread rapidly through the downtown area
burning most of the wooden
building. The local fire department tried to fight the fire,
but the fire hoses soon lost their pressure, and a human chain
of fire fighters manning buckets of
seawater from the coastal shore were used to fight the massive fire
for a time. In
the end, thirty-three blocks of Seattle burned to the
was very quick, but not very coordinated. Buildings were
erected before city officials could implement their plan to
elevate street levels nearest the waterfront. At some point,
that the streets must be raised. Stone walls were erected on each side of
the roadways and filled with whatever materials were
available including fire debris, dirt from the hillsides, garbage,
even dead horses, before the surfacing work was complete.
is tour available that consists of guided walking tour
beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. While you roam the
subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and
first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle, Tour Guides
regale you with humorous and often risqué stories that
Seattle's founders wouldn’t want you to hear. It’s history with a twist!
Be prepared for the underground landscape to be moderately
rugged: you’ll encounter six flights of stairs, uneven
terrain and spotty lighting. Dress for the weather—and leave
your high heel shoes at home!
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When visiting or
investigating any spooky place be sure to
obey all local laws and always respect the
privacy of land owners and residents. Always
get advance permission to enter private
property. Never trespass on, take anything
from or damage anyone's private property.
Always show respect!