Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Welcome to The Public Market
Pike Place Market
Welcome to downtown Seattle's neighborhood market. Pike Place Market is the city's center for fresh, local produce, specialty food and small independent businesses. Established in 1907 to connect citizens and farmers, the Market continues its "Meet the Producer" tradition with a year-round farmers market, owner-operated bakeries, fish markets, butcher shops, produce stands and specialty food stores. The nine-acre historic district is also home to more than 200 craftspeople, a wide range of unique shops and services, low-income housing and four social service agencies.
As Seattle's population boomed in the early 20th century, the demand for fresh food grew. Farmers sold their produce to wholesalers who inflated the prices charged to the public. In 1906-1907, produce prices soared, causing public outcry. In response, Seattle City Councilman Thomas Revelle proposed a public market place where farmers could sell directly to citizens. On August 17, 1907, the public market opened. The first farmer sold out of produce within minutes and a lasting legacy was born.
Meet the Producer
Discover the Market
The Market offers endless opportunities to explore and experience. Stop by a produce or farm stand and sample fruit in season. Meet the artisans of the crafts market. Learn about the catch of the day from the fishmongers. Sample new flavors in specialty and ethnic food stores and restaurants. Inhale the aroma of freshly baked bread. Discover delightful treasures in the many independent shops. A community unto itself within downtown Seattle, the Market winds through alleys, streets, stairways and corridors. Take time to wander and let the Market amaze, delight and inspire you.
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Installed in 1928, the neon clock and Public Market sign is an enduring icon of Pike Place Market.
One of the Market's quirkier attractions, the wall was started in the early '90s by Market Theater patrons.
The coffee giant opened as a small independent coffee shop in 1971.
The district encompasses nine acres, from Pike St. to Viginia St. and 1st Ave. to Western Ave. Explore the many streets and corners of the Market neighborhood!
The former location of a mortuary, brothel and part of a cemetery, the Market is home to many characters, tales and even a ghost or two.
Erected by Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority.
Location. 47° 36.617′ N, 122° 20.608′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of Western Avenue and Virginia Street / Pike Street, in the median on Western Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seattle WA 98101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Great White Fleet” (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crystal Pool (about 700 feet away); "This Market Is Yours" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waterfront History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joshua Greene (approx. ¼ mile away); First Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); The Visit of President Theodore Roosevelt’s “Great White Fleet” Bell Street Terminal, Pier 66 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
Also see . . . Pike Place Market. (Submitted on July 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2. submitted on July 29, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 11, 12, 13. submitted on July 29, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.