Beneath the Streets: Explore Seattle’s History from Below Ground


As they wander the streets of Pioneer Square, many have no idea what’s beneath them – the real history right under their feet.

We are talking about underground passages – yes, you read that right. You can explore them through under the streetsa travel agency offering a first-hand glimpse of what lies beneath Seattle’s original neighborhood, Pioneer Square.

Terrilyn Johnson is co-owner of Beneath The Streets. She says it all started in 1889 when the Great Seattle Fire destroyed the entire Central District.

“It’s like stepping back in time, and I think people are always enchanted by this out of sight, out of mind and the possibility that things exist. What happened here? The stories that they tell,” Johnson said.

These tours, led by experienced guides, are informative, fun and a bit spooky, perfect for any history or adventure lover.

“I love this ‘ah, ha’ moment and this interaction with the guests and meeting people from all over the world, helping people understand underground myths and dispel them,” Johnson said. “Helping them see the beauty of it all is amazing. I love it.”

Tours last one hour, cost around $25 and can be booked daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.


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