Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour is a world-famous tour that I would definitely recommend. Starting in Doc Maynard’s Public House – a saloon from the 1890s, the tour takes you across Pioneer Square and eventually makes its way underground. At the first site is one of the first flush toilets in Seattle, invented by Thomas Crapper. The same site holds props from the 1973 movie The Night Strangler: a decorative wooden door, and a beaten up red couch.
From there, the tour moves on to the second site. Though it may seem like a giant wall of bricks, it is actually proof of the fact that Seattle was built on sawdust. Considered to be Seattle’s first economic father, Henry Yesler himself stated “We commenced sawing wood under a shed in March ’53; the saw dust we filled swamps with, and the slabs we built a wharf with.” The third and final underground site presents an old bathtub. Not every house had a bathtub and most settlers had one bath a month; once a bathtub was filled with water, a dollar would be charged to first person in the bathtub, fifty cents to the second, a quarter to the third person, and so on. Imagine paying fifty cents to bathe in dirty water!
The tour ends in Rogues Gallery, the Underground Tour gift shop. It features a fancy porcelain crapper imported from England, antique typewriters, and much more. Taking the tour is a very engaging experience that reveals little-known facts about Seattle. The tour guides are very engaging and tell you several stories, ranging from ghost stories to embarrassing stories that our early settlers wouldn’t want you to know.