As you’ve probably figured out by now, I love spooky stories. One of my favorite things to do when I’m travelling and have the time is take ghost and haunted history tours. (If you ever get the chance to take the New Orleans Vampire Tour, do it!) However, I’ve never taken any of the haunted tours here in Seattle. I mean to remedy that, so on Saturday I went with some friends and did a ghost tour of Pike Place Market.
Over the years I’ve been to the market hundreds of times and it’s always packed to the gills with people. One of the coolest things about taking the ghost tour was that it ran after the market closed for the day. It was really neat to be able to see the bones of the market without the usual crush of bodies. The market is beautiful even when it’s empty, but I’m rather partial.
The tour began at the gum wall. For those of you who haven’t been, there’s a wall in Post Alley where people stick used gum. It’s disgusting. Really, really disgusting. For some reason, that is incomprehensible to me, people think it’s really cool and it’s become a tourist attraction.
At the gum wall the guide told us some interesting stories about the Market Theater and The Alibi Room (supposedly haunted by the market’s founder). From there we went up to the market proper and heard stories about the ghosts of Princess Angeline, old sailors murdered by “seamstresses,” an eccentric dubbed “Mae West,” and a murderess named Linda Hazard. We also heard stories about the Post Alley former home of E.R. Butterworths, the city’s first mortuary. To read these stories in detail I highly recommend reading the book put out by the founder of this tour, Seattle' Market Ghost Stories.
It was a fun and informative tour, not terribly spooky, but fun. I’d recommend it to anyone coming into town that didn’t already know a lot about the city’s history. If you’ve got limited time here in town, skip this one and take the Underground Tour, the energy is a lot darker and you’re much more likely to see or experience the paranormal.