Each ghost story has been thoroughly researched. Mercedes has spent countless hours combing through fire insurance maps, leases, health department records and newspaper articles in order to substantiate the stories she has heard. The tour guides also research the stories. They hear daily from people within the Market about odd occurences in the old buildings. Tour guides are trained in storytelling, improv & paranormal research. Read FAQ's for more information.
Exploration to the Northwest brought settlers from all points around the globe. By 1907, when the Market opened, Seattle was a city filled with laborers and American immigrants. The Pike Place Market reflected that diversity. Early tenants of the Market came from all over the world. The Pike Place Market has been called the “soul” of Seattle, a term used often by its advocates. The buildings have remained intact despite numerous attempts to tear them down or alter their use. It is people that continue to ensure the Market’s survival: individuals who are passionate about community, about independent business and local farming. Some of those individuals still remain in the arcades.