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Bill Speidel's Underground Tour

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour in Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

Doc Maynard's Public House
Pioneer Square
608 First Avenue
Seattle, WA
206-682-4646

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Beneath Seattle's sidewalks and streets - Underground Tour in Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

Underground Tour
If you have time during your visit
to Seattle and you like history, we highly recommend that you take
"Bill Speidel's Underground Tour"
in historic Pioneer Square — Seattle's oldest neighborhood and home to the original "Skid Row."



Historic Guided Walking Tour
Beneath Seattle's Sidewalks
The popular, leisurely (and entertaining) 90-minute "Underground Tour" takes you beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets — get an idea of what
"old" Seattle looked like prior to
the Great Fire of June 6, 1889
that destroyed most of the city.

Tour Guide giving group a brief overview of Seattle's history during Underground Tour at Doc Maynard's Public House, Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

The tour begins with a brief overview of Seattle's history inside Doc Maynard's Public House — a restored 1890s saloon — before being led outside to begin the "underground" walking tour.

Groups beginning the Underground Tour in Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

People in underground rooms during an Underground Tour, Seattle, Washington

After the fire, Pioneer Square was rebuilt and the ground level was raised to fix the city's flooding and sanitation problems — the Underground Tour features one of the first known flushing toilets (photo below), also known as the "crapper" invented by Englishman Thomas Crapper*.

One of Seattle's first known flushing toilets, also known as the "crapper" invented by Thomas Crapper



Click here to see photos of the
"Original Thomas Crapper Toilet"
— currently on display in Rogues Gallery museum

*Some believe that the great-great-grandson of Frederick Humpherson (chief apprentice to Thomas Crapper in 1871) actually discovered the toilet, but Thomas Crapper took the credit.

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Dark subterranean passages - people on Underground Tour in Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

Roam the dark, damp subterranean passages that were once Seattle's main roads and storefronts.

Roam the passages that were once Seattle's main roads and storefronts - Underground Tour in Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

It's interesting while "underground" to look up at the old skylights as people walk over them on the streets above (photos below).

View of Skylights above while underground during Underground Tour in Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

Skylights from street level during Underground Tour in Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

Rogues Gallery
The Underground Tour ends at Rogue’s Gallery — access to the museum is only available to
"ticketed Underground Tour"
guests.

Click here for more info and to see exhibits and historic pictures in Rogues Gallery

Tours
The Underground Tour is one of Seattle's most popular attractions — you can even get married in the Underground!

Get Married Underground - Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

Tours are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Based on its popularity, we recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes in advance to purchase your tickets.

Tours may be added during peak season or closed for some holidays. Visit Underground Tour's web site for more information on scheduled tours.

Note: Kids under 6 may find the length of the tour challenging.

Private Tours
206-682-46464 Ext. 119
Private tours may be booked in advance only.

Wear Comfortable Shoes
The tour covers three different "underground" sections — about three blocks — and includes
several flights of stairs. Dress casually and wear comfortable shoes as the ground can be a little rugged and uneven in places.

Underground passageways - Seattle's Underground Tour, Seattle, Washington

Doc Maynards Public House is located at 608 First Avenue, Pioneer Square — between Cherry
and Yesler Way.

More Info / Tour Schedule
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
206-682-4646



Underworld Tour
Click here for more info on the
"Adults-Only" Underworld Tour
 


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