07 Mar 2018 @ 11:13 PM 

Walking on the Ground


614 1st Avenue, in Pioneer Place Park, Pioneer Square, between Cherry and James Street. Take the James Street Exit from Interstate 5. A Little History The story of Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour begins in 1954. It really is the story of how Pioneer Square walking on the Ground saved, because the Underground Tour was the unanticipated product of this effort.

By that year, Pioneer Square had fallen into such a state of disrepair few recognized it as the city’s birthplace. It occurred to Bill Speidel’s wife, Shirley, that Bill, a publicist, could do some pro bono work for an idea that had come to interest them both. He set about learning all he could about Pioneer Square, and plotted to reverse decades of deterioration and neglect. Speidel said, prompting a letter to The Seattle Times newspaper inquiring about rumors that the ruins of early Seattle lay underneath its modern-day streets in Pioneer Square.

Were there tours of the passageways? In one of its popular columns, the newspaper referred the inquiry to Speidel. And they weren’t just 300 people who dashed off a letter and forgot about it. They were 300 people who tried to call me every day.

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