I had no idea of this, but underneath the pavements of Seattle is a whole network of passages and tunnels which are the disused streets of the city from the 1800′s. After a disastrous fire destroyed 31 Seattle city blocks in 1889, the decision was taken to rebuild the city one to two stories higher, thus avoiding the flooding that came from having built the city on tidal floodplains (and some unpleasant sewerage issues caused by the same thing). It’s possible to take a fascinating walking tour through these streets, around three of the old blocks. We were snowed in for the few days we were in Seattle, so it was quite a blessing to find Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour and explore a surprising aspect of the city.
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