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By: Josh Lew on Oct. 22, 2014, 2 p.m.
Seattle Underground

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Seattle Underground

Seattle’s Underground is a network of passageways that have fallen into disuse over the decades. Many of these dimly lit corridors and rooms reveal evidence of the people who once filled them: doors, windows, lighting fixtures and even unused furniture and appliances. Though the Underground does not have the sheer number of supernatural legends as some cemeteries or abandoned asylums, it has been the setting for everything from a Scooby Doo ghost mystery to video games set during a zombie apocalypse.

The Underground was once above ground. However, when the city had to be rebuilt after a 19th century fire, the streets were raised. Some buildings that survived the fire were covered up by newer structures and eventually by the streets and sidewalks. People continued to use the underground walkways as a way to move around the downtown quickly. However, the entire subterranean area was condemned by the city in the early 1900s because of fears about disease-carrying rats. Some of the underground buildings were turned into gambling halls, speakeasies, flophouses and hideouts used for other illegal activities. Today, tours put visitors face-to-face with the remnants of this secret world.