5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Seattle-Tacoma
With a bustling city life and plenty of nature in the surrounding area (including large mountains and waterfalls) there is never a dull moment in Seattle-Tacoma. In celebration of Seattle-Tacoma's recent award as the next Freightliner Trucks Hardest Working City, here are 5 things to know:
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- Pike Place Market is the place to go
Seattle's Pike Place Market is one of the oldest farmers' markets in the country dating back to 1907. The market features close to 500 shops and eateries and is home to icons such as: the original Starbucks, the Market sign (which is one of the oldest outdoor neon signs on the West Coast), the infamous Gum Wall, and, Rachel the Pig, a 550-pound piggy bank used for donations to support local non-profits.
- Seattle has its own superhero
Phoenix Jones, alias for MMA fighter Ben Fodor, has been the masked crusader patrolling the Seattle streets since 2011. Phoenix established a team of superheroes to fight crime under the name of the Rain City Superhero Movement. The group has helped in numerous ways including helping drunk citizens find their way home home, performing first aid, and breaking up fights, all to make the city a safer place.
- The Tacoma Dome is the largest wood-domed arena in the world
The indoor arena was designed by local architects McGranahan and Messenger. It was completed in 1983 for $44 million and constructed using 1.6 million board feet.
- There is an entire city under Seattle
The original Seattle lies buried under the city as Seattle's underground. The area was linked back to the remains of the city from the time of the Great Seattle Fire in 1889. The fire burned 120 acres of the city to the ground costing an estimated $20 million in damages. After that, a new Seattle was built 22 feet above the original site. The underground city has remained largely untouched since the fire and numerous tours are available to step back in time to see the original Seattle.
- Workers here are “destined” for greatness
Tacoma is locally known as the “City of Destiny” because it was chosen to be the western terminal of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 19th century. The decision was influenced by Tacoma's neighboring deep-water harbor, Commencement Bay. By connecting the bay with the railroad, Tacoma's motto became “Where rails meet sails.” Today, the area is a center of international trade on the Pacific Coast.