Wednesday, November 13, 2013

On Pike Street

Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington. The Market, which opened August 17, 1907, is one of the oldest continually operated public farmer's markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants.

Looking east up Pike Street from Pike Place Market, 1919.

It is also one of Seattle's most popular tourist destinations. Located in Downtown, it occupies over 9 acres. It is named after its central street, Pike Place, which runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street.

Looking west up Pike toward market, 1910.

The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill. It has several lower levels below the main level, featuring a variety of unique shops. Antique dealers, comic book sellers, and small family-owned restaurants are joined by one of the few remaining head shops in Seattle.

Pike Place looking south, 1919.

The upper street level features fishmongers, fresh produce stands, and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades. Local farmers sell year-round in the arcades from tables they rent from the Market on a daily basis.

Produce stall at Pike Place Market, 1936.

One of the Market's major attractions is Pike Place Fish Market, where employees throw three-foot salmon and other fish to each other rather than passing them by hand. When a customer orders a fish, an employee at the Fish Market's ice-covered fish table picks up the fish and hurls it over the countertop, where another employee catches it and preps it for sale.

Pike Place Market meat stall, 1931.

LINK: From the Seattle Municipal Archives' photostream on Flickr

1 comment:

TokyoMagic! said...

I love Seattle AND Pike's Market! And to think that they were considering tearing it down at one point (in the sixties or seventies, I think). These are great vintage shots!