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Seattle 06/21

Posted on: June 30, 2015

The afternoon of our last day of vacation in the Northwest was spend in downtown Seattle.  We finally found a place to park and walked into Pike’s Market.

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Back entrance to Pike’s Market.

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Gum stuck on the back wall of the Market Theater.

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 The story goes that it had its beginnings in the early 1990s when theatre patrons waiting in line to buy tickets or attend the theater began placing their gum on the wall.  It is an active site that continues to grow in height and width as tourists add their gum to the collection already there.

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Bank outside the market playing for donations.

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Nice old International truck.

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50 ft. Totem pole designed by Victor Steinbrueck and carved by James Bender in 1984.

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One side of the “Farmer’s Pole” designed by Victor Steinbrueck and carved by James Bender in 1984.

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200 Foot Ferris wheel over on Pier 57.  Operates year round.

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Victor Steinbrueck Park next to Pike’s Market.

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Victor Steinbrueck Park next to Pike’s Market.

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Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking Elliott Bay waterfront. The Market opened in 1907, and is one
of the oldest continually operated public farmers’ markets in the United States.

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“Hammering Man” by  Jonathan Borofsky
A massive human shadow in front of the Art Center

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The Totem Pole first appeared in Seattle 1899, after members of the Chamber of Commerce, vacationing in Alaska, stole it from Tlingit Indians.   In 1938, vandals set the Totem Pole on fire.  The pieces that remained after  were sent back to Alaska, where Tlingit craftsmen graciously carved a reproduction. The new pole was soon dedicated, with tribal blessings, at a Potlatch celebration and has since remained unharmed on Pioneer Square.

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The bronze Chief Seattle fountain, is located at Pioneer Square near the totem.  It was designed by James Wehn in 1909.  Chief Seattle led the Suquamish and Duwamish  tribes in the 1800’s.  The city of Seattle was named after him.

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Behind the fountain is a cast iron archway with a glass roof.  In 1909 an iron pergola was built as a shelter over an underground restroom.  In 2001, the Pergola was demolished by a tractor-trailer attempting to make a tight right turn, after which it was rebuilt from scratch as cast iron breaks and shatters instead of bending. 

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The Pioneer Building in historic Pioneer Square is a beautiful Richardsonian Romanesque style building designed by Elmer Fisher.
It has very ornate stonework about and above the main entrance.

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Orca” by James Crespinel
A breaching whale dresses up a factory building in downtown Seattle.

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Billie the Piggy Bank, arrived in the Market in 2011 and sits on Western Avenue at the bottom of the Hillclimb. Coins dropped in Billie support the Market’s food bank, senior center, preschool and medical clinic that serve the downtown community.

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The Smith Tower opened on July 4, 1914. At the time, it was the fourth tallest building in the world. It remained the tallest building west of the Mississippi River for almost 50 years.

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Unfortunately, although its website said it was open, it was not.  We didn’t get to go up in it as planned.

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