Did you know the City of Seattle has a 'secret city' underground in the Pioneer Square area and you can tour it?  Seattle was built on tidelands with constant water, flooding and drainage/sewer problems from its inception. After the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the streets were elevated one to two stories above where originally set out.  What was left were businesses below street level and a series of storefronts, passage-ways and basements accessed from the street level by ladder. Imagine the ladies of the day having to climb underground in their long skirts and hats to access businesses/shopping.  The vast majority of visitors to Seattle (and some residents) are or were not aware of this fact.  It is a most interesting site to see and tours are available in Pioneer Square.  The Seattle Underground is well worth seeing when in Seattle and is filled with interesting history on how Seattle began.  

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