Seattle Walking Tours: #2 Pioneer Square

Yes, it’s that time again. It’s another Seattle walking tour, brought to you by yours truly, based on a book written by Laura Karlinsey entitled Seattle City Walks. It’s my goal to figure out if the walking tour she suggests is any good, as well as adding my own take on the local history and sights of the Emerald City (which, by the way, is a far, far better city nickname than “Terminal City“).

For this go ’round, I walked through Pioneer Square, the second location inhabited by the white settlers once they landed in this area. The first area the white settlers inhabited was Alki Beach, until is was determined to be too cold and too distant to all of the cool sites in inner Elliot Bay…problems some say that Alki still has today.

Pioneer Square was first settled in 1852, and quickly took off after Henry Yesler built a sawmill. Doc Maynard set up the initial street layout, but Arthur Denny and Carson Boren figured that Doc was drunk when he surveyed the layout, so they created there own; no compromise was attained between the two layouts, and hence the weird and wacky turns Pioneer Square Streets take.

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