Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
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This afternoon we took the tour of Seattle's underground. This was an amazing story. The short version is that the town was originally built on mud. There was a fire in the early 1900's that basically burnt the town to the ground in 12 hours. The town said, "before we re-build let's take some fill from a mountain close by and build everything up." Many of the business owners didn't want to wait the 8 yrs they were told it would take. So, they went ahead and re-built on the mud. They told the town to just put the fill around their businesses. That's just what the town did...and suddenly the first floor of all of those businesses became basements. But, they also left the sidewalks underground also. We learned so much more about how they did it and how Seattle made so much money during the 'gold rush' even though they were hundreds of miles away from any strikes. If you ever get the chance, take the tour.
We stayed downtown for the 'Art walk' they have once a month. That wasn't that impressive, but we did visit an incredible 'glass art' store. They actually blow glass right in the store. We watched a guy blow this amazing glass bowl/vase. The boys loved it.