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Seattle Sights: Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square: Seattle’s “Original Neighborhood” offers something for everyone!

Pioneer Square- spooked in SeattleIn 1852 after spending six months to the east at Alki Point, Seattle’s founders moved to the 3-acre area in the southwest corner of Seattle. It soon became the heart of their growing community- and was named Pioneer Square.

Driving through the neighborhood now, visitors can still see many of the original late 19th century brick and stone buildings that were built after the Great Fire of 1889 burned the existing wooden buildings to the ground.

Pioneer-Square-pergola-in-Seattle,-WA-000010486088_LargeListed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Pioneer Square - Skid Road Historic District is now both a lesson in history and a Seattle gathering place. It was originally known as Pioneer Place, and was then changed to Pioneer Square based on a triangular “plaza” near First and Yesler.

Identifying itself as “Seattle’s Original Neighborhood”, Pioneer Square boasts a little something for everyone.

Some of its highlights include:


Pioneer Square is a great place for art galleries and outdoor art galore. Check out the Art Walk on the first Thursday of every month. Make sure and stop by Foster/White Gallery for contemporary painting, sculpture, and glass exhibitions; Joanna Morgan Designs for modern, urban jewelry; and the philanthropic organization The New Foundation that supports local artists through funding programs and development activities.


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You don’t want to miss the underground tour. You’ll go beneath the streets of Seattle and learn about the Great Fire that changed the city’s course forever! Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is a memorial to Seattle’s role in the great Gold Rush! Stop by the Visitor’s Center to see how Seattle fit in to this rich time in history! Spooked in Seattle is a creepy adventure into the afterlife, as you learn some of Seattle’s deepest secrets of the paranormal!


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You’ll find something for every taste bud from brew houses to teriyaki to fine dining. Don’t miss Damn the Weather, a historic hangout that was named by Bon Appetit as “one of 2015’s Best New Bars in America”; E. Smith Mercantile, with its unique, craft cocktail bar; Quality Athletics, named by Thrillist as the “Best Sports Bar in Washington State”… and of course, the infamous hangout the J and M Café!


cone&steinerGet your shopping fix at Pioneer Square! For the old at heart, Bon Voyage Vintage holds a charming collection of Seattle’s finest treasures from the 1920’s to the 1990’s. Cone & Steiner is an urban general store that specializes in fresh local gourmet prepared foods, regional craft beers and wines, and a variety of unique sundries. And you’ll be a big fan of On the Field where you can find everything you need to represent Seattle’s sports teams!


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