Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square

As Seattle’s first unofficial neighborhood, Pioneer Square is where the historic meets the 21st century. Seattleites recognize this area for its cool architecture and bustling nightlife.

Some of Seattle’s first settlers (pioneers, if you will) chose to build their cabins here, and the area quickly grew after Henry Yesler chose to erect the first steam-powered lumber mill on the pier. Tragedy struck on June 6, 1889, when the entire downtown went up in flames. Pioneer Square was, again, the place where rebuilding started. Many of these structures still stand today and have been protected from property developers by Seattle’s historic preservation movement.

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