An Authentic Ghost Tour Based on Facts from history
Even if we didn’t mention a single ghost Seattle is a fascinating place, with a religious start, a rough and ready early history, and a collaborative and progressive recent history. This rich tapestry of history gives these ghost stories a secure standing in time, and the ghost stories bring the historical eras to life in a grim and fascinating way.
Like the cobblestones on the haunted Post Alley, they were ballast in ships from San Francisco, where the rubble from the earthquake was loaded into ships to be taken away. The stones arrived with their tragic energy just after the 1904 Earthquake that flattened much of the city.
We guarantee you will be entertained, informed and just a little bit scared by the stories of horror and haunting that leap out of the pages of the history books.
Entertaining, with a historical twist
Your guides are down to earth local experts, specially trained and deeply involved in the tour. Each adds their personal touch, their favorite stories, and their unique sense of humor. When you have to explain why outside the Market Theatre there is a wall caked in inches of used gum, you can only wonder at the thoughts that go through people’s minds. The City of Seattle at one time removed over a metric ton of gum from the famous gum wall.
Even in the depths of human tragedy and the eternal suffering of ghosts, your tour guides have to keep their sense of humor, and we look forward to seeing smiles on your face as we enlighten and entertain.
Entertainment for everyone
We don’t want to cause any sleepless (In Seattle) nights, especially for any younger tour members, but we do want to give you spooky stories to remember for years to come. A perfect souvenir of your time in Seattle. They say an experience is better than an object, and this experience will stay with your whole group, whenever you think of Seattle, you will think Ghosts!
While standing at Pike Place Market, you’ll hear about the hundreds of empty stalls that were left after 110,000 Japanese Americans were interred in camps for the duration of the Second World War, and the huge influence they had on the culture of Seattle.
Learn New Stories about the Rain capital of the northwest
Perhaps as a young person in the countryside, one might be paid for collecting Varmint. Farmers, landowners, or even the State would reward you for taking away unwanted visitors for helping rid the fields and skies of pests, collecting a nickel for a rat, or a dollar for a Racoon say.
In Seattle, at the turn of the last century, the same system was employed by the City of Seattle, except the unwanted pest was human corpses. The rough and dirty town had a very high mortality rate, form disease, violence, and too much of everything. Undertakers would be paid $50 to remove corpses from the streets, something the residents understandably did not take kindly to. We will question whether, like Varmint hunters, the undertakers might have been a little too enterprising in their pursuit of the bounties?
Even if you are a Non-Believer – fun is guaranteed.
Ghosts appear and respond more to the young, and animals, who don’t have the barriers of disbelief and denial that most adults do. Both ends of the spectrum of believers in the supernatural are welcome on the Seattle Terrors tours. Your guides won’t try and change your mind either way, but we do guarantee that whatever your attitude to ghosts, you will have a good and memorable tour through the spooky streets of Seattle.
It is hard not to believe that the ghost of Kikisoblu, daughter of the Duwamish people’s Chief when Seattle was just getting going, still haunts the Pike Place Market. In her trademark red cape, selling her trinkets and posing for photographs, just like she did after the rest of her tribe was forced to move to reservations away from their ancestral lands. She has been outfoxing police officers and tourists ever since.
In Town and Not Sure of What to Do.
Seattle has many ways to occupy your days. Lots of them are food-related Seattle dogs, Oysters, or Chowder fries, perhaps? Or the SAM, Seattle art Museum, but that closes at 5 pm… To really get the most out of your time in Seattle, you should really consider the Seattle Terrors walking tour, just after dinner, and before the night really kicks off.
Your tour will take you to the places you really should know about in Seattle, but instead of just going there and seeing the nice buildings, we’ll give you the historical scoop and make those facts stick with stories of the resident ghosts and ghouls.
A Memorable Experience.
It’s the ghosts that make Seattle memorable, but as well as hearing the scary ghost tales you also get the history of this fascinating city. For example, the Butterworth & Sons Mortuary on busy First Avenue was a state of the art shop and factory for disposing of the dead. Including the first corpse elevator on the West Coast. The mortuary backs onto Post Alley, where corpses would be piled up after a particularly violent night in Seattle. The Alley also has its own ghost story. Join the tour to find out her story.