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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Seattle by Eric Amrine

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Pike Place Market

The Market stretches for several blocks high above the port traffic sailing on the gleaming waters of Elliott Bay. This historic district includes a meandering multi-level underground arcade, and street-level tables and stalls. Established in 1907, America’s oldest continually operating farmers’ market has become one of Seattle’s most treasured institutions. By mid-century, most farmers’ tables were run by Japanese-Americans, and their tragic internment during World War II nearly ended the market’s operation. Plans to raze the old buildings fortunately ceased in 1971, when architect Victor Steinbrueck and his supporters saved them from the wrecking ball.

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