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Went on a Seattle Ghost Tour

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If you are embarking on a daily ‘I Never’ project, Groupons or Living Social deals are a great way to go.  They make things you’ve never done before affordable, or, should I say, make you more willing to try something because because of the price.  So when my friend suggested we try the Seattle Ghost Tour in Pioneer Square for $16, I said sign me up.  Having been on the Underground Tour of Seattle, it seemed like there should be plenty of ghosts haunting Pioneer Square.

Seattle is a fairly young city.  It was founded in 1851 and became an official city in 1869.  In the early days of Seattle, there were lots of loggers here, and gold-rushers – so lots of men, not a lot of policing, and lots of bad behavior – hence an abundance of good ghost stories.  Like the guy who ran the Pioneer Square Hotel, who had residents sign over their checks from the government to him as a convenience, but when they died, stashed their bodies in the basement and continued to cash in their checks.  Apparently that hotel (now a Marriott) is so haunted that they can’t leave the TVs plugged in, otherwise on their own they turn on and off and change channels.

I went with three of my friends and we had a great night, following our guide (who doubles as a “paranormal investigator”) around Pioneer Square, visiting old buildings and old basements, listening to scary stories, and listening to paranormal recordings of ghosts. And then I had a lot of fun retelling the stories to the kids the next day.  It’s always good to have some good ghost stories in your repertoire…