S: Seattle. Washington: July, 2010
BC: Mt. Rainier
FC: Sweet Days in Seattle | July, 2010
1: Seattle, Washington Founded: 1869 Population:586,200 Famous for: Space Needle Starbuck's Pike's Market Pioneer Square Mariners Baseball Seahawks Football
2: Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field | Great seats, great weather, great game!
3: Those nasty Boston Boys were ahead for the entire game...until the Mariners rallied in the 9th, scoring 5 runs. Alas, they lost in the end, but it took 13 innings to do it! Final score: 8-6 | We love baseball!
4: Between 1906 and 1907, the cost of onions increased tenfold. Enraged citizens rallied behind councilman Thomas Revelle when he proposed a public market that would connect farmers directly with consumers. On August 17, 1907, Pike Place Market was born. That first day, eight farmers brought their wagons to the corner of First Avenue and Pike Street and were quickly overwhelmed by an estimated 10,000 eager shoppers. By 11:00 am, they were sold out. By the end of 1907, the first Market building opened, with every space filled.
5: Today, Pike Place Market is recognized as America's premier farmers' market and is home to more than 200 year-round commercial businesses!
6: Don't be fooled by the previous pictures...the market isn't just about farmers and flowers.... | It's | about | FISH
7: Salmon, crab, lobster, cod, perch, flounder...you name it, it's here. When a customer orders a fish, the fish vendors toss the chosen critter over the counter to be wrapped. It is so much fun! ==>> | Beware of | flying | fish!
8: Seattle's monorail system opened March 24, 1962 for the Century 21 Exposition. Eight million people rode the rail in the half year the fair was open.
9: Today, the annual ridership is about two and a half million. On this day, we joined in the fun!
10: S P A C E N E E D L E
11: Like the monorail, Seattle's Space Needle was built for the 1962 world's fair. Standing 605 feet tall, it is Seattle's most famous landmark. Visitors ride to the top to get a 360 degree view of the city and its surroundings. The upper deck also boasts a restaurant...a very expensive restaurant. We enjoyed it from the ground.
12: A walk through the International District
14: The Panama Hotel in the International District is the setting of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet", a novel I was reading while we were in Seattle. I really wanted to see this place, so off we went. We were not disappointed. Housed in the hotel tea room are artifacts left behind when the Japanese-Americans were sent to camps at the start of WWII. There is a hole in the floor through which you can view items, once precious and important to their owners, that were never claimed.
15: The Panama Hotel
16: Seattle's Underground Tour is a walk through a portion of the city that is literally buried. Many artifacts were in view as we walked under modern-day Pioneer Square, on the streets that USED to be at ground level.
17: So what's with the toilet? One of the stories revolves around the first shipment and installation of Thomas Crapper's invention, the flush toilet, and raw sewage. Yuck! | Skylight from below and above.
19: Guess what else is in Seattle...the original STARBUCK"S!
21: The Gum Wall | Looking for just the right spot. | Maybe here... | got it...but eewww.
22: Ballard Locks | Designed by Hiram M. Chittenden, the Locks located in Ballard provide a link between salty Puget Sound and the fresh waters of Salmon Bay, Lake Union, and Lake Washington. We enjoyed a short tour which detailed the history and current usages of the locks. Built in 1911, the locks were created so that coal and lumber could be easily transported by boat. The locks are still active today, and we watched boats of all types passing through the lock system.
23: We also viewed the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water. Glass panels make it possible to view the fish as they navigate their way through the ladder, adjusting to different levels of salinity at each step.
24: And so ends our visit to Seattle, Washington, a city we most definitely will visit again.
25: This memory book created by Julie Peffley. 2010