City Guides / Seattle
A seaport city, with a population of 686,800 it is the second largest city in the state of Washington. Native Americans had inhabited the area for 4000 years before the first Europeans settled in 1851, these settlers named their settlement Seattle after Chief Si’ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.
Logging was Seattle’s first major industry, but by the late 19th century, the city had become a commercial and shipbuilding centre as a gateway to Alaska during the Gold Rush. Shipbuilding was eventually replaced by airplane building with the Boeing company based there establishing Seattle as a centre for aircraft manufacturing.
Later it was Microsoft that became the most important company in the region, it is also where internet retailer Amazon was founded, not to mention Starbucks. Seattle can also lay claim to a noteworthy music history, from 1918 to 1951 there were nearly two dozen jazz clubs, this jazz scene helped developed the early careers of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson and others. It can also lay claim to later styles of music, being the birthplace and base of Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and the home to grunge.
It rains a lot, and its skyline is famous for the Space Needle, an observation tower built for the 1962 World’s Fair. Also, Frasier was set there, and Sleepless in Seattle, obviously.
Bathtub Gin place.
Have a Heart weed place…