20 Fun Facts About Seattle That Prove We’re The Best In The West
So there’s clearly not a lot going on outside and that’s ok. While we’re all inside and chilling on the interwebs, we might as well take the time to learn some fun facts about the city of Seattle. Because there’s a little bit more to Seattle than you probably know.
Heres 20 interesting facts about Seattle.
1. Seattle is named after Suquamish and Duwamish Chief Seattle. But Seattle isn’t the right spelling, it’s actually spelled Si’ahl in Duwamish conventional spelling. Cool right?
2. If you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot of water in this city. Namely lakes, and that’s how we ended up with the worlds longest floating bridge. Its name is the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge which is also known as the 520 Bridge.
3. The 520 Bridge has a sister bridge named the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge or I90 Bridge. And she has had a rough past, in fact, she sank in 1990.
4. However, despite our reputation, Seattle is not the rainiest city in the US! We’re actually behind New York, Houston, Boston, and Atlanta. So we don’t have it so bad after all.
5. But we do have a lot of rainy days. So maybe that’s why we spend so much time inside reading. Seattle is one of if not the most literate cities in the US.
6. And there are some downsides to the rain. Washington ranks #5 in the US for serial killers and serial murders. But don’t worry, the worst decade for that was 1980.
7. That’s probably why the TV show The Killing was set in Seattle. And in case you didn’t know, the crime was supposed to have taken place in Discovery Park.
8. And on that note, Discovery Park is pretty weird place. The park is built on the historic grounds of Fort Lawton and the military still owns and uses part of the park. And while we can’t tell you the exact location, there is an abandoned crematorium just off a popular road in the park.
9. Something equally as weird is that the Space Needle is privately owned. That means if the Wright family wants to move it one day, they can.
10. But the space needle isn’t the only famous building in Seattle. The Bullitt Center is the greenest commercial building in the world. And you can tour it!
11. Beyond buildings, we have some pretty famous people. Like, wait for it, Bing Crosby! Bet you didn’t see that one coming but uh to set the record straight he’s actually from Tacoma.
12. Oh and then we also basically invented grunge rock with bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and Temple of the Dog. Want us to keep going?
13. But we can’t forget about the real OG Jimi Hendrix who was born right here in Seattle.
14. And musicians aren’t the only famous people to come out of Seattle. Bruce and Brandon Lee both lived in Seattle and are buried at the Lake View Cemetary on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
15. But the Lee’s aren’t the only famous people to be buried there. You’ll also find the headstones of the poet Denise Levertov, Northwest school painter and sculptor George Tsutakawa and a whole host of others.
16. Clearly, this city has a thing for the arts. And that’s how we became to be known for the Northwest School which was popularized in the 30s and 40s. The most famous artists to come out of this movement were Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, and Mark Tobey.
17. Sorry, enough about art history. Seattle is strictly business these days. And that’s how we ended up creating Starbucks.
18. And Brooks.
19. And Outdoor Research.
20. Oh and clearly we forgot to mention. Seattlites like spending time outside. In fact, the number of hikers has doubled in the past 10 years.
In conclusion, Seattle is a pretty cool place. And we hope you learned something new. We’ll have to do this again sometime.
Have a great day Seattle!