on March 23, 2005
This is an entertaining and enlightening look at the early history of the city of Seattle and how several major feats of engineering raised a modern city on rocky hills bordering on a muddy bay. You'll learn why a major portion of the city had to be raised simply to make the sewer system work during high tide. The tour starts with an introductory lecture in Doc Maynard's Public House, a restored saloon from the 1890's. Since the current street level is nearly 30 feet above the original sidewalks, the tour descends below Doc Maynard's Tavern and gives you a good look at Seattle's underbelly. There are some rough spots in the path and several flights of stairs along the tour, so wear good shoes. The tour also goes outside at a couple of points, so dress for the weather, too. Tour is available in several languages; check the web site and the reservation line for details.
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