10.15.2012

Ghost Tour

Jacob and I were supposed to spend the weekend in Vancouver, BC to celebrate our anniversary, but the stupid NHL lockout cancelled the first few weeks of hockey season and there wasn't a Canucks game to see. Bummer. I've been dying to go to a Canucks game for years. And I got a cute new Vera Bradley weekender that I didn't get to use.


Instead of wasting a weekend wandering around Vancouver, we decided to just go on a date.


By the way, fall is here. The cold, rain and wind hit us on Wednesday and never looked back.

We took The Original Ghost Tour of Pioneer Square. My sister was supposed to do this tour with me but she's having a baby in three weeks and wasn't up for all the walking. Jacob hates ghosts and being scared and was not thrilled with my choice of activity.


We were guided through the streets and alleys of Seattle's most historic (and most disgusting) neighborhood. We learned a little about the history of the Pioneer Square-Skid Road Historic District (stuff I’m sure I learned as a kid but forgot), but there weren’t any ghost stories. It was just tales of creepy people who lived there 100+ years ago. I couldn't help but snap a few pictures. It really is a cool neighborhood (with a lot of bars, clubs, art galleries, cafes and restaurants), when the homeless aren't out in full force. I've never felt too unsafe, and they don't typically bother anyone, it's just not pretty to look at.
1. The back of the Lowman Building. In 1998 a man fell from the fire escape trying to get into his apartment but fell to the ground and passed out. A car driving through the alley ran him over. And in 2008 a woman jumped from the top of the fire escape (about ten stories) and died. Now the waitstaff of nearby restaurants think the alley is creepy and won't go back there. Well, duh.
2. Tlingit totem pole in the middle of Pioneer Square Park (which is actually a triangle). The surrounding buildings housed brothels. One hooker hung herself from the top of a building after her husband found out she was whoring it up again and left her. She was decapitated. Residents in the building say you can hear her crying.
3. Dr. Tumblety lived here (he was a suspect in the Jack The Ripper case), but had his practice across the street, in an unrestricted area of the city, and performed disgusting torture experiments on the poor. Lost souls might be wandering around, or something.
1. Pioneer Square Hotel/Hotel Yesler was built in 1914 and is now a Best Western. Nothing scary there. It's just really old.
2. The backside of Little Italy, the country's smallest Italian district. (Unconfirmed). It's made up of a few restaurants, on the same block, owned by one guy. Way to go, Seattle.
3. A former box house (a combination low-class theater and brothel, hooked to a tavern). Now it's just the cozy back bar of J&M Cafe, a pretty popular bar in the area.

1. Alley of the Blood Wolf Ghost. (Really?!?). 200 years ago, a ghost wolf haunted the area. Native Americans believed it was attached to a wolf pack, so they placed knives with animal blood in the ground to ward them off. Instead, the wolves licked the blood off the knives, which cut open their tongues, and the scent of fresh blood made them all turn on each other. Um... ok.
2. Some crappy artwork in the park. The passage was taken from Chief Seattle's famous speech given during the treaty negotiations of 1854. Great message and tribute, but it's so ugly.
3. State Hotel sign reads "ROOMS75¢". It was a low rent hotel until the '60s when a fire destroyed most of it. Now it has street level businesses, with offices and lofts in the upper three floors. Nothing scary here either, I've just always loved that sign.

Jacob and I in the alley. I was hoping to see a wolf spirit in the photograph.
The wind totally ruined my hair. Gross.


This is the sinking ship parking garage. It once was Hotel Seattle, built in 1890, and one of three luxury hotels in the area. In 1960 the abandoned building was torn down to make this monstrosity in an urban renewal attempt. Instead, it kicked off a preservation movement and now Pioneer Square is a protected district.  

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So, yeah. That was our tour. It was interesting, but not at all scary. They hardly even mentioned ghosts or spirits and I don't believe most of the stories. (For instance, Dr. Tumblety had never been reported living in Seattle). But it was something I've always wanted to do and it was a little better than a run of the mill dinner and a movie date.

15 comments:

SMD said...

Love that weekender bag! I want it!



SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph.com

Melanie Montgomery said...

Ooohh.. I wonder if my city has something like this!

Christianna said...

Too bad it wasn't scary! I love scary stuff1

Jen said...

I HATE scary stuff. It freaks me out way too much. Glad you and Jacob got out for a date night anyway!

Johannah said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog =) Love your Vera weekender bag =) Looks like you had a great weekend!

Misty said...

At least it was something different to do. My husband would never do anything like this. Ever. Ha!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Interesting tour, for sure...lol. But you looked amazing! I love the hat and that green is a great color on you :-)

Kate said...

Cute navy bag! I hope you to use it soon

I am afraid of everything so I've never done a ghost tour. One day!

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

aw sorry about the cancelled plans, but the "ghost" tour sounds interesting and some of the stories sound creepy!! Happy belated anniversary!!

Suze said...

I love love love ghost tours and do them anywhere I can find them when we travel. Sorry that it wasn't very scary- that's the fun! At least it was interesting.

Leanna Vera said...

I'm jealous that you got to go on a ghost tour! I've been dying to go on one and now that you say it isn't too scary, it makes me want to go even more...I hate too scary stuff.

Jodie said...

First off, I love the Vera Bradley bag!! So cute!! A local boutique is now selling VB... there goes my paycheck!! ;)

Love your green jacket!! I'm right there with Jacob, I hate ghosts too!!! So interesting!! Love looking at the pictures!!

Julia P F said...

Awesome. I love that stuff. Am such a huge nerd. Too bad you didnt get away...glad it wasn't scary. The little mermaid scared me as a child so I'm with Jacob!

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

Aw good to have date night :)

I did a ghost tour in Nashville. I don't believe in ghosts either but it was a fun way to get a tour of the city. It was at night so you could see the buildings lit up. I actually enjoyed it!

Mrs Independent said...

Thank you for posting about this - we moved here in July and have been thinking about going on the tour. Thank god I didn't waste the $!