The Pike Place Market can be found
in downtown Seattle off of First Street, by the waterfront.
1501 Pike Place Market/
Seattle, WA 98101.
The Pike Place Market
is the center piece of Seattle's 17 acre historic section. Like many other
cities who have the foresight to renovate their historic city sections,
tourists bring revenues into the city of Seattle, whether its taking the
underground tour of the old Seattle of long ago, or shopping at the Pike
Place Market, with such a glorious view of Seattle's waterfront.
It is no wonder that The Pike Place
Market is extremely popular place for both residents and tourists alike.
More than 600 small business vendors offer everything. Some offer fresh
foods of every kind; fruits and vegetables to fresh fish and herbs. Others
sell all kinds of flowers, a huge variety of beautiful arts and crafts
of all kinds, Seattle souvenirs, books and other items. It is the place
to find just about anything!
In 1907, the Seattle City council
opened the Pike Place Market on a newly built four-block boardwalk along
the waterfront called Pike Place, because of the rumors going around town
that food prices were fixed. About a dozen farmers set up shop and found
that people were eager to buy their produce at such fair prices. This
land was considered sacred by the local Duwamish Indians, but they had
no power or influence, so what they felt didn't matter much.
The first building was built in 1907
as well, by a Pike Place landowner named Frank Goodwin, who made his fortune
from Klondike gold. In the first ten years, a number of multi-level
buildings were well built, most of which continue to make up the permanent
arcades of the market today.
Because of the reasonable prices offered
here, the market expanded during the Great Depression. After the Depression
in the late 1930s, a number of other businesses, including hotels, restaurants
and theaters were built in the Pike Place Market area. The city of Seattle
proudly was able to say that Pike Place was "The Finest Public Market
In The World."
During World War 2, the market continued
to thrive, still the center of community activity. Dances were held here,
organized by Boeing workers. They held the dances somewhere on the upper
floor of the market.
However, during the late 1940s and
through the 1950s, new, suburban supermarkets took a big chunk of the
business away from the Pike Place Market; not only because it was more
convenient for people, but also because the large increase of motor traffic
in the downtown area made it harder and annoying to go shopping there.
The Pike Place Market by the 1960s
was still breaking even mainly due to the loyal arts and crafts small
businesses and their customers. However, the sagging condition of the
early 20th century buildings, who were looking not only long in the tooth,
but bordering on being an eyesore and even dangerous, seemed to doom the
Pike Place Market to the inevitable wrecking ball.
Thankfully, a motivated individual,
a Seattle architect formed a group dedicated to this new cause; "Save
the Market Campaign." Through this group's efforts, the voters in
the Seattle area decided to establish a 17-acre historic district authorizing
a newly formed Public Development Authority to renovate, repair and manage
the Market's main structures in the November 2, 1971 election.
A big thank you is in order for the
people of Seattle for establishing a historic section and revamping The
Pike Place Market!!!
When Seattle saved The Pike Place
Market, the people also continued to provide the ghosts who haunt the
buildings and area a place to exist. All are well-behaved, gentle entities.
An Apparition of an Indian woman;
Described as being bent and wrinkled wearing a red handkerchief as a head
covering and a shawl around her shoulders. When still alive, a photographer
became interested in her and took many pictures of her, which helps people
now identify this entity.
Chief Seattle's eldest daughter, named
Kickisomlo, was called Princess Angeline by her white friends. In 1855,
when the Duwamish Indians were told to leave Seattle and go to a reservation,
she told them to go pound sand, and she stayed, making her home in a waterfront
cabin, between Pike and Pine Streets. She made her living doing laundry
for people and selling her hand-woven baskets to the people of Seattle,
who appreciated her very much.
When she died in 1896 at the age of
85 on May 31, 1896, the people of Seattle gave her a fine funeral at Our
Lady of Good Help and buried her in a coffin in the shape of a canoe at
Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill.
Her father predicted that long after
the Indians disappear from Seattle, the descendants of the white people
will not be alone; the spirits of Duwamish will be with them. Spirits
can come back and aren't governed by treaties.
Princess Angeline has been seen
going about her business, trekking up and down the underground ramps
of this shopping plaza. She is carrying a large amount of baskets to
sell. She also seems to like to window shop as well.
Every three months since 1982, she
has startled employees at the Craft Emporium, the old Goodwill Store
building, the Sound View Cafe and the book store located in this shopping
plaza, formerly known as Shakespeare & Company Bookstore. She appears
as a solid form, looking very much like a real person. If the living
look close enough, her transparency is evident. She seems to glide along,
always looking straight ahead but must get her chuckles by either melting
into the air in front of the living; or simply gliding right through
2) The entity of a tall, black handsome
young man has been seen peering out at the living from a window of the
Vitium Capitale Restaurant, and has been observed in various other places
throughout the market buildings.
3) Strange footfalls have been heard
by the living in both the Left Bank Books Store and coming from empty
selling spaces as well.
4) The entity of a 300 pound lady
haunts the spot where she fell to her death through the floor of the balcony
which was above this spot, perhaps still upset about her life ending so
suddenly when she wasn't ready to die yet. It is a good thing that ghosts
can't sue the living!
5) An apparition of a child haunts
the Bead Emporium store - Don't know why.
6) A charming, well mannered and well-dressed
male entity, who loves to dance is seen in the area where the Boeing dances
were held on the upper floor of the market, reliving the good times he
7) The entity of a former Pike Place
Market Director, Arthur Goodwin, (probably a relative of Frank Goodwin),
is still on the job, checking up on the living, to see if things are running
Very much so, indeed!
Princess Angelina when alive, was
one of Seattle's first motivated vendors, self-employed entrepreneurs,
even at the age of 85! Though she wasn't allowed to have a selling stall
in The Pike Place Market, she sure does visit the place now, perhaps living
her dream of bringing her baskets actually inside the place, and letting
the living know that what her father predicted has come through.
The other entities also call The Pike
Place Market their home, each for their own reason. To find out more about
these entities which keep the living on their toes, plan to go on a Ghost
GHOST STORIES OF WASHINGTON,
by Barbara Smith, Lone Pine Publishing, 2000
HAUNTED PLACES: THE NATIONAL
DIRECTORY, by Dennis William Hauck