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Welcome to The Public Market

Pike Place Market

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 24, 2014
1. Welcome to The Public Market Marker
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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.

Market History
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
The opportunity to "Meet the Producer" is the cornerstone of Pike Place Market. From apples to zucchini, our farmers grow everything they sell and take pride in their produce. This tradition also extends
Plan of buildings and streets in Historic District (reverse side of marker) image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 27, 2015
2. Plan of buildings and streets in Historic District (reverse side of marker)
to the bakers, butchers, fishmongers, cheesemakers and specialty food purveyors who are dedicated to their craft and are happy to share their knowledge. Meet the artisans in the crafts market and admire the materials and skill applied to each handcrafted item.

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.

[Left sidebar highlights]
Market Clock

Installed in 1928, the neon clock and Public Market sign is an enduring icon of Pike Place Market.

Gum Wall
One of the Market's quirkier attractions, the wall was started in the early '90s by Market Theater patrons.

Original Starbucks
The coffee giant opened as a small independent coffee shop in 1971.

Historic District
The district encompasses nine acres, from Pike St. to Viginia St.
Welcome to The Public Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 24, 2014
3. Welcome to The Public Market Marker
and 1st Ave. to Western Ave. Explore the many streets and corners of the Market neighborhood!

Market Mystery
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.
 
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); First Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); The Visit of President Theodore Roosevelt’s “Great White Fleet” (approx. ¼ mile away); Bell Street Terminal, Pier 66 (approx. ¼ mile away); "Ton of Gold" (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.)
Pike Place Market Clock and Signs image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 24, 2014
4. Pike Place Market Clock and Signs

 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Pike Place Market Produce Stand image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 24, 2014
5. Pike Place Market Produce Stand
Flying Salmon at Pike Place Market image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 24, 2014
6. Flying Salmon at Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market Flower Stand image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 24, 2014
7. Pike Place Market Flower Stand
Salmon on Ice at Pike Place Market image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 24
8. Salmon on Ice at Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market Meat Market Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 24, 2014
9. Pike Place Market Meat Market Sign
Original Starbucks at Pike Place image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 24, 2014
10. Original Starbucks at Pike Place
Historic District Pike Place Market sign image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 27, 2015
11. Historic District Pike Place Market sign
Renovated warehouses image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 27, 2015
12. Renovated warehouses
Street scene at the old Corner Market building image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 27, 2015
13. Street scene at the old Corner Market building
 
 
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 341 times since then and 34 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.
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