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The city that burnt down

The 'city that burnt down' still exists today and you can see the remains in this tour



You probably didn't know that Seattle, Washington was a city that got burned down thanks to the Great Fire of 1889. However, you can still find remains from the 1880s on Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. It is considered to be one of Seattle's most unconventional tours where you can see actual items such as couches, mattresses and chairs from the late 1800s. The fire wiped out the entire business district, roughly 33 blocks of the town which included about 90 percent of Seattle's businesses during that time.

In 1965, Bill Speidel, a former reporter for The Seattle Times, also a strong promoter of Seattle, discovered the underground and saw it as an opportunity to save the historic part of the city from being torn down and demolished. According to tour guide Dean Najarian, Speidel said that "a city that loses its past loses its future." Speidel used the tour to help save the Seattle neighborhood of Pioneer Square. It has become one of the first and still one of the largest historic preservation districts in the United States.

Bill Speidel, the founder of The Underground Tours

So what can you really expect to see on this unusual tour? Najarian says that you can expect to see the ruined remains of the original storefront levels of downtown Seattle. "A level that was buried and forgotten about along with the possibility of ghosts and other creepy crawlers we’ve never known," Najarian exclaimed. The 75-minute informative yet hilarious tour also provides you with an insight into the rich history of the city.

"People are amazed to discover that this (underground) was hiding beneath their view and people will talk about how their perspective on the city is literally changed and they cant look at the downtown area the same way," Najarian explained.

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