Pioneer Square Park
This decorative iron pergola in Pioneer Square Park was built in 1909 to serve as an entryway to an underground lavatory and to shelter...
Pioneer Square Historical District
Many important architectural heirlooms are concentrated in Pioneer Sq, the district that sprang up in the wake of the 1889 Great Fire....
Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
This cleverly conceived tour of Seattle's historic ‘underground’ (the part of the city that got buried by landfill in the 1890s)...
Delicatus is a new-school Pioneer Sq sandwich bar/deli where the sarnies are a bit more deluxe than yesteryear, being both well-stuffed...
Pioneer Square Park information
The original Pioneer Sq is a cobbled triangular plaza where Henry Yesler’s sawmill cut the giant trees that marked Seattle’s first industry. Known officially as Pioneer Square Park, the plaza features a bust of Chief Seattle (Sealth, in the original language), an ornate pergola and a totem pole .
Some wayward early Seattleites, so the story goes, stole the totem pole from the Tlingit native people in southeastern Alaska in 1890. An arsonist lit the pole aflame in 1938, burning it to the ground. When asked if they could carve a replacement pole, the Tlingit took the money offered, thanking the city for payment for the first totem, and said it would cost $5000 to carve another one. The city coughed up the money and the Tlingit obliged with the pole you see today.