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Seattle's Iconic Pike Place Market

Updated on September 21, 2013
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Introduction

I would be remiss as a writer who had this incredible opportunity to live in Seattle for a season in his life and did NOT produce an article about the world-famous Pacific Northwest icon, the Pike Place Market.

Second only to the Space Needle as the most easily identifiable marker of the Emerald City, The Market, as it is fondly referred to by the locals, runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street. Its rustic, waterfront allure--not unlike that of the rugged, survivalist women of the night so characteristic of its historical repute--continues to draw ten million visitors annually.

I took lots of pictures on this particular visit to the market, hoping my broken digital camera--a hand-me-down from my brother, Charlie, during a family visit on Kaua'i--wouldn't have a final, fatal photographic hemorrhage and leave me in the lurch. As it turned out, my trusty companion labored hard without suffering from camera angina and is now taking a much deserved nap on my office shelf. (Maybe it's being middle-aged that compels me to personify my valued tools of the trade. Truth be told: I'm constantly projecting my own maladies and shortcomings onto things, an emotionally imbalanced practice, to be sure, but certainly one that keeps me from succumbing to depression and grumpiness. I'm encouraged that when I look in the mirror each morning, Walter Matthau still isn't looking back at me.)

Bulleted Facts About the Famous Market

  • The market is approximately nine acres in size.
  • Pike Place Market is nostalgically referred to as The Soul of Seattle because of the numerous tales of immigration, prostitution, economic class struggles, renovation, grass roots activism, and urban renewal that mark its historical significance in the Emerald City.
  • In 1906, outraged citizens were fed up with the cost of onions skyrocketing tenfold. They found a hero in city councilman Thomas Revelle who proposed a revolutionary concept--customers would Meet the Producer--essentially cutting out the middle man wholesaler.
  • Pike Place Market was born on August 17, 1907. Not intimidated by the angry wholesalers who threatened to blacklist them, eight brave farmers brought their produce to the market and were amazingly overwhelmed by 10,000 eager customers. All of their produce was sold by 11 AM. By the end of 1907, the first Market building was established, and every available space was quickly filled.
  • A little over a century later, Pike Place Market is home to more than 200 commercial businesses; almost the same amount of craftspeople; approximately 100 farmers who rent table space by the day; about 250 street performers and musicians; and 300 apartment units, mostly for low-income elderly residents.
  • With over ten million annual visitors, The Market is one of Washington state's most frequently visited destinations.

Best Actor: Photography; Best Supporting Actor: Writing

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I don't know about that, but I certainly know good pictures have a voice all their own. So, without further ado, I am going to let the following photos speak volumes for themselves. My interjections will be but salt and pepper complements to the picturesque entree.

Enjoy!

The Market has several entrance points.  As depicted in the lead photograph, this is one of them.
The Market has several entrance points. As depicted in the lead photograph, this is one of them.
The alleyways adjacent to the Pike Place Market are reminiscent of narrow European streets adorned with sidewalk cafes.
The alleyways adjacent to the Pike Place Market are reminiscent of narrow European streets adorned with sidewalk cafes.
One of the many Market minstrels.
One of the many Market minstrels.
Seriously, you could easily pick up a few calories just window shopping at the Market.  Here's a delectable display of pastries emitting their siren call to one's vulnerable sweet tooth!
Seriously, you could easily pick up a few calories just window shopping at the Market. Here's a delectable display of pastries emitting their siren call to one's vulnerable sweet tooth!
The Famous Pike Place Fish Co.  (Next time you watch a Seattle Seahawks football game, it's inevitable that during one of the breaks, the TV camera will feature these guys throwing a huge fish around.)
The Famous Pike Place Fish Co. (Next time you watch a Seattle Seahawks football game, it's inevitable that during one of the breaks, the TV camera will feature these guys throwing a huge fish around.)

Fun, Frolic, & Flying Fish

Compare these prices with those at your local fish market.
Compare these prices with those at your local fish market.
There are dozens of these local vendors in the outdoor shops.
There are dozens of these local vendors in the outdoor shops.
I just had to take a photo of this pig.  In 2007, for the Centennial of the Pike Place Market, pig statues showed up all over Seattle.  This is one of the swine that survived the final cut.
I just had to take a photo of this pig. In 2007, for the Centennial of the Pike Place Market, pig statues showed up all over Seattle. This is one of the swine that survived the final cut.
Juxtaposition of the old and new Seattle.
Juxtaposition of the old and new Seattle.
Crab lovers everywhere are salivating just about now!
Crab lovers everywhere are salivating just about now!
On a daily basis, the Pike Place Market is teeming with locals as well as tourists from every corner of the globe!
On a daily basis, the Pike Place Market is teeming with locals as well as tourists from every corner of the globe!
Another of several fishmongers at the Market.
Another of several fishmongers at the Market.
Swimmin' in Salmon!
Swimmin' in Salmon!
Can you tell I love lobster?
Can you tell I love lobster?
A great selling point is the free filleting.
A great selling point is the free filleting.
While there may have been more, this neon sign pointed the way to one of three fish shops that I personally saw on this particular day.
While there may have been more, this neon sign pointed the way to one of three fish shops that I personally saw on this particular day.
An appealing display of fresh Pacific Northwest farm produce.
An appealing display of fresh Pacific Northwest farm produce.
What's especially intriguing about these figurines is that they were crafted from  Mt. Saint Helen's ash.
What's especially intriguing about these figurines is that they were crafted from Mt. Saint Helen's ash.
The Japanese vendors at this shop are skilled in the art of floral arrangements.
The Japanese vendors at this shop are skilled in the art of floral arrangements.
Colorful flowers galore!
Colorful flowers galore!
Took this photo through a window.  Didn't turn out too bad.
Took this photo through a window. Didn't turn out too bad.
One more time for good measure. Actually, I wanted to catch that outgoing ferry.
One more time for good measure. Actually, I wanted to catch that outgoing ferry.
Urban myth was that this was the site of the first Starbucks coffee shop.  Not so. The first shop opened on March 30, 1971, and was originally located at 2000 Western Avenue. It was then moved to 1912 Pike Place Market for good in 1976.
Urban myth was that this was the site of the first Starbucks coffee shop. Not so. The first shop opened on March 30, 1971, and was originally located at 2000 Western Avenue. It was then moved to 1912 Pike Place Market for good in 1976.
There are no seats in this flagship Starbucks.  It was so packed that I had to hold my camera high above my head in order to "blindly" snap this shot.
There are no seats in this flagship Starbucks. It was so packed that I had to hold my camera high above my head in order to "blindly" snap this shot.
There are some really talented musicians in this area.   This a cappella band delighted the passersby outside of Starbucks. Maybe I should bring my weeping ukulele out of its cobwebbed case.
There are some really talented musicians in this area. This a cappella band delighted the passersby outside of Starbucks. Maybe I should bring my weeping ukulele out of its cobwebbed case.
You can't see the sign at the top of this shop due to the glare of the sun, but it's a  Seattle's Best Coffee shop.  Seattle's Best is a subsidiary of Starbucks.
You can't see the sign at the top of this shop due to the glare of the sun, but it's a Seattle's Best Coffee shop. Seattle's Best is a subsidiary of Starbucks.
I stopped at this fruit stand to accept a sample of nectarine and ended up spending $5 for three pieces of fruit--two nectarines and a pear.  Ah!  But it was well worth it!  The fruit was absolutely scrumptious!  This was my last photo of the day, an
I stopped at this fruit stand to accept a sample of nectarine and ended up spending $5 for three pieces of fruit--two nectarines and a pear. Ah! But it was well worth it! The fruit was absolutely scrumptious! This was my last photo of the day, an

A Final Thought

An appropriate segue from the final photograph to the closing paragraph is that this was indeed a most fruitful day for writing about the popular Seattle tourist attraction--the Pike Place Market. If this article in any way and to any degree made you wish you were here, I am glad to have been the writer/photographer culprit responsible for that.

Aloha and mahalo for joining me! See you at the next HubPages article!
Aloha and mahalo for joining me! See you at the next HubPages article!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Eddy!

    Thank you so much for stopping by. We gotta stop meeting like this. Then again, NAH! What a wonderful way to enjoy each other's writing and life through the eyes and heart of another! LOL!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    A great hub an thanks for sharing Joe. Lots of love from Wales.

    Eddy.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Angela!

    Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing in this hub experience. Hopefully, there will be another opportunity for you to someday spend more time in Seattle so you can have the Pike Place Market experience on your itinerary. Aloha and blessings to you, and may you have a memorable weekend!

    Joe

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    Angela Joseph 4 years ago from Florida

    A friend and I passed through Seattle in 2010 on our way to Alaska. On our return heading to the airport the bus stopped at Pike's Place. Since we were only given fifteen minutes, my friend and I decided not to get off. Now your pictures have shown me some of what we missed. Maybe it was a good thing we didn't get off, we may never have made it back in time! Great hub, as always.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Dahlia!

    My sister is the queen of crab cusine in my family of origin. I thought of her when I took that particular picture. The market has two main tiers, one at the same level as the waterfront, and one that is at the street level. Think of Seattle as a gradually rising series of hills. Pike Place would thus be the first major street running perpendicular to the rise. Some of the same architecture from the early 1900's are still present. If you find that photo where I juxtapose old Seattle with modern Seattle, it illustrates how it's almost like walking through a time warp. While most cities have both old and new, there's something about the Pike Place Market that accentuates the contrast even more. If not for the customers' modern day clothing, you'd swear you were in Dickens' London. : )

    Aloha!

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    livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Joe, this is a huge market! Wow, there are varieties of seafood...yes, I was salivating when I saw the crabs :)

    Lovely tour of the market with the pictures. Thank you for sharing this with us. Have a good day!

    Voted up and sharing!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ha-ha! Thanks for your wonderful sense of humor, Nancy! Wow! Now you have my mouth watering for lobster. I love a buttery garlic sauce to dip the lobster meat in. My mom used to make a nice potato salad with lobster chunks in it. Mmm!

    Shoot! Now my day is ruined 'cause I'll be thinking about what I'm missing!

    Ha-ha! Just kidding, Nancy! But you did trigger my appetite! Aloha, my friend with the lobster dinner waiting for me!

    Joe

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    Nancy C Moores 4 years ago

    Great, I loved this. I love lobster, and wow would I love to have one of those $35 ones. Thanks for sharing this with us, and yes I would love to be able to go there and be a part of that. The ambiance must be incredible.

    Thanks Joe. I am right there rooting you on, you go guy. hahaahahaa pun intended

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Elias. Yes, imy camera lasted long enough until I was gifted with another. It's resting now on my shelf, but is ready to be a minuteman if ever needed. LOL! Hope all is going well with you and your adventures in travel, my friend! Aloha and mahalo for being such a tremendous asset to this literary community!

    Joe

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    Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

    Never been to Seattle, Joe but I enjoyed your hub. 'The Soul of Seattle' and the rich historical background of the place were quite interesting. The photo tour was also incredible! Congrats on you and your trustworthy camera companion :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hello, Tirralan!

    It's the festive vibe olf this giant marketplace that makes it seem so ALIVE and ENERGETIC. People having genuine fun; a friendly interplay between vendors and passersby; and, overall, a feel-good animated postcard that will result in indelibly warm memories. And what I like most about the place is its throwback ambiance. I hope it never changes. It's like leaving the street above or the street below the market and walking through a portal that takes you to a different era. Thanks for stopping by and sharing in this experience! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, cleaner3! I think you'd really like the vibe at The Market. I was especially enthralled with the musicians...very talented people, and they were making a lot of money, judging by the coins and paper in their guitar cases and hats. It was an energy similar to what I remember as a young man in the sixties. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    I've heard about Pike Place Market being a staple in Seattle, and a great place for tourists. Those photos allow me to see the reason why. If I get to take a trip to Seattle I am definitely taking a visit here. Great hub!

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    cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    hey Joe ..cool hub .. great place to visit ..

    liked the figurines from Mt St Helens ash...

    It could be called Sea food galore .. LOL , but it is beautiful ..

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Bill! I hope The Market will stick around for a long, long time to come! It's a wonderful Emerald City dinosaur, alright! It was a pleasure to feature your and billybuc's articles as complements to the hub, and a win-win in promoting all three of our writings. Thanks for the kind and generous support and sharing with which you bless me and my hubs! Aloha, and have a wonderful new week ahead!

    Joe

    PS I've gone past the 5 minute mark of jogging once during my last three or four walks. I came within .01 mile of half a mile jogging. I just wasn't strong enough mentally. I'm gonna get there. I listened to what you said and adopted a very, very, very slow pace. At the very least, my confidence is growing, and--ha-ha!--makes the rest of the walk that much more enjoyable! Thank you for the advice per your running hub!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Carol! I'm glad to hear that you and your family have been there. Awesome! There is so much history in those 9 acres, and I'm very thankful that the city fathers have decided to keep The Market looking as much as possible, like what it did decades ago. You can especially see the century-old ambiance as you move between the lower and upper levels.Did you see the wall with all the wads of chewing gum attached to it? I wish I had taken a picture of that when I was there. Have a fruitful new week, Carol!

    Joe

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Joe. One of my favorite places in Seattle. You did Pike's Place Market proud with your wonderful photo tour. I just love the colors and energy of this place. We got to see the "flying fish" a few times on our visits and it's always a joy to watch. Great job with the camera and I enjoyed the interesting facts about the Market, learned a few new things :) Voted up, shared, pinned, etc..

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Whenever we go to Seattle..Pikes Market is on the agenda. There is nothing like it anywhere..Just fun to walk through and see everything,...Great job as always and photos..also.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Joelle, that's encouraging news! I thought I messed something up in the processing of those images. Good to hear that they're visible to you now. Thanks for getting back to me.

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    All your images are there now :-) May be there was a problem with hubpages because I saw the same thing this morning with another hub.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Jim! Oh, you've mentioned yet another Seattle icon--the gorgeous geometrical glass spaceship posing as a library on 4th Avenue! What a magnificent architectural coup that was by some brilliant minds!

    Your daughter has that precious memory of you taking her to that old school marketplace. Someday, she'll be able to take her family there, and you know something--it'll basically look the same way it did decades ago. That's what I love most about that famous tourist site.

    Thanks for stopping by, Jim! Always a pleasure, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Liz!

    Now your Floridian oranges and grapefruits are no slouches, either! : )

    Man, I am so excited to share an eBay experience here on HubPages, and it certainly would help my 30 Hubs project...but I'll first provide you with a preview. The idea was sparked, incidentally, by one of SeeAnnSave's recent videos.

    I don't make it over to Seattle as much as I'd like to, The cost of gas is a major consideration. But Rita has family over in Stanwood, so every few months or so, we spend the weekend over there.

    In September, we'll pick up our son in Seattle (he'll fly in from California), enjoy a great Ye Olde Spaghetti Factory dinner, spend the night at a hotel near the airport, and then fly off to Salt Lake City and then Orlando to meet up with Mickey, Minnie, Tinker Bell, and the rest of the gang. It'll be a thrill, Liz, to see parts of your beautiful state!

    TTYL!

    Joe

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Great job here Joe! You have covered this remarkable place very well. I took my daughter to Seattle when she was about 14 or so and we visited Pike Place. It is really a must see experience. The relatively new Seattle Public Library is a few blocks away and is a beautiful spot with great architecture to see as well.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hello, Shelley!

    There were an abundance of pictures in this particular hub, and I'm glad you stopped by and took the time to view them all. I wanted each to be a postcard of sorts from the Emerald City. In addition, it was a memorial tribute to my old trusty camera. It rests now on my office shelf but is always at the ready should its replacement ever encounter a technical glitch. : ) See you at the next hub!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, dreamseeker2! Always nice to hear from another Washingtonian. The area you reside in is one of my favorite places. My wife and I love to go to thrift stores and yard sales there. One of the restaurants we rave about and wish the franchise would open up in SE Washington is Sweet Tomatoes. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind and generous comments. Aloha, and have a wonderful week ahead!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Oh, wonderful, Kathryn! Thanks indeed for getting back to me!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you so much, ologsinquito! Yes, you're absolutely right! I haven't had the opportunity to travel much--my children have done a great deal of it, and I'm happy for them--so I'm very grateful for the local and regional picturesque beauty available to me. And I'm always happy to share that beauty via HubPages! Have a great week ahead!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Kathryn! I'm going to have to see what's causing that! Maybe I need to check my HP stats page for a clue. I may need to do some cropping. It's always wonderful to receive your input and, in this particular case, a heads up about a potential problem. Much obliged, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Bill! Speaking of lunches in Seattle, have you ever eaten at the food court in Uwajimaya? Closest thing I found that was both easily accessible and reminiscent of the kaukau (COW cow)--food--in the islands. Plus, just across the street were two of my favorite coffee shop haunts--Tully's and Starbucks. Tully's at that location or the one in Ballard would be excellent meeting places for the two of us were we ever able to be in the Emerald City at the same time. Looking forward to hearing about your yard sales adventures in the near future. You're very welcome about the sharing of your hub, Bill! Thank you for helping me out! Aloha, and yes! It's a very fine Sunday indeed!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Joelle! Oh, no! You mentioned that you couldn't see some of the pictures...can you share with me what might have caused that? When I pull the hub up, I can see all of them, so that's a mystery. Glad you liked the hub. I think it's cool that major cities--and even a lot of the small towns--have public markets. They're certainly a boon to the local farmers who can sell their fresh produce to eager customers; the craftsmen have a relatively inexpensive way to promote and sell their wares; and it's a form of social glue that keeps the community upbeat, connected, and thriving. Thanks for stopping by! Aloha, Joelle!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good mid-morning (afternoon for you), Mary! Fortunately, my dad and step-mom gifted me with a new camera, and so the old one rests in peace but is always ready as a backup, like a veteran quarterback in his final seasons. We live 5 hours away from Seattle, far enough not to be able to make the trip as often as we'd like, but yet close enough to travel by car. The Pike Place Market is like a comic book that I could read over and over again, and that's saying a lot because I struggle with seeing the same things over and over again (except for JAWS). Hope you're enjoying wonderful weather in New York! Have a good day and a memorable new week!

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    I love Pike Place Market! And, by the way, what beautiful Seattle weather you enjoyed that day. I took a bunch of photos here--there was even a wedding on the day that I visited! There's so much to see, it's almost overwhelming. And wow! The Northwest has the best fruit in the country.

    Aloha, Joe!

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    Shelley Watson 4 years ago

    What beautiful pictures bringing to life a one of a kind market. How marvellous to have the opportunity to explore it. Voted up, interesting, useful and beautiful.

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    dreamseeker2 4 years ago

    Good and informative hub. I haven't been to Seattle in quite awhile. I live in WA, near the border by Portland, OR. I love the space needle. Need to visit up there again and see all the parts of the market you have spoken of and depicted through pics. Voted up! : )

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Oh, good, the photos are showing for me now. It must have just been a glitch.

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    ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

    Looks like a must see if you visit Seattle. The Pacific Northwest has so many wonderful things to see and do.

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Thank you for sharing facts and photos of this fascinating place. I'm glad the original farmers that started the market weren't intimidated by the wholesalers. Having Farmer's Markets in cities are such a great idea. Fresh food!

    Some of your photos are not coming up, including your main one. At least not on my computer.

    It's very nice to see what this landmark in Seattle is like.

    Thank you for sharing this with us, and I hope you are having a terrific weekend!

    ~ Kathryn

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Good morning Joe!

    Nine acres in size? I had no idea and I've been there countless times. I went to college in Seattle so I've had my share of lunches there, and I never get tired of visiting it.

    Well done my friend, and thank you for sharing one of my hubs. Your generosity is only exceeded by your writing talents....and, well, your quality as a human being.

    Aloha on this fine Sunday

    bill

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Great hub, Joe! What a fantastic place to do some shopping! I can almost smell the fresh fish from here :-) I love those markets. We have one down town Ottawa and it's just beautiful to see the nice colours of the vegetables who change with the season and all the other marchants as well!

    Thank you for sharing all your beautiful pictures (I can't see some of them unfortunately).... your broken digital camera--a hand-me-down....did a great job :-))) I have a digital camera that I had to put some duck tape to hold the batteries in place.... but it's still working great :-)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    HI, Karen!

    Thank you so much! Everything seems overwhelming at this point. Life pulls in all directions, and yet at the end of the day, I either have one done or fall further behind. Maybe I'll write a hub about how I'm feeling. I appreciate you for keeping in touch.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    It is not an emotionally imbalanced practice my dear friend, it is a sign of great imagination :) Giving life to inanimate objects just shows your creativity, and you are certainly not Walter Matthau.

    Now on to your wonderful hub. Pike Place Market reminds me of Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia...on the inside because the Reading Market is in the middle of the city and not near the water like your lovely Pike Place.

    Your camera deserves a rest as it did a beautiful job and took great pictures! Keep em coming!

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Love this hub because I have been to The Pike Place Market and this brought back great memories. What a great idea for a hub. I never knew the history behind it, so found that quite interesting. Your pictures are great and add so much to this hub. Great work. Voted up, interesting and awesome!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, WND!

    Good morning! Thanks for being the first to arrive at my hub!Yes, the PPM is a "must see" attraction in Seattle. The energy at this public market is incredible. It's also a fantastic experience to see so many different ethnic and cultural groups represented. Just when you think you've seen all the shops, you turn a corner and find half a dozen more. It's a really fun place to visit. Thanks for stopping by. Aloha!

    Joe

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Hawaii,

    You are doing great.

    I would love to see this. Probably my favorite part would be listening to the musicians. If you can sing for a veteran service, you can dust off your ukelele and claim your corner for this grand spot in Seattle.

    Beautiful pictures. That is something else, throwing fish around. Looks like a hit and they probably get great business. I guess anything to make work fun!

    I am sharing this. It's wonderful.

    You can do it. I'm looking forward to reading more from you.

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