With the rapid influx of people migrating to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, those of us who are Seattle natives are pretty sure we know our city best. But, you may be surprised to learn these Seattle facts, whether you have just arrived or have never left- some of which may knock your socks off!
1.Fuel Up! Seattle is home to the country’s first gas station. Located on East Marginal Way in 1907. Now, go brag to all of your out of town friends.
2. Home, home on the…lake? Seattle has the largest population of houseboats outside of Asia. The famous “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat can be seen on Lake Union among a variety of others, ranging in all shapes and sizes.
3. You better believe that even with our rainy reputation, there are other cities with more average yearly rainfall than Seattle. New York, Chicago, and even Houston receive more rain than us- we just get our precipitation at a slower rate. Ironically, Seattleites purchase the most sunglasses per capita than any other city in the US.
4. Insta-what? While you may assume that the Space Needle, the Ferris Wheel or the waterfront are the most photographed images of Seattle, you may be surprised to learn that the most popular taken image of our city is of the Elephant Car Wash on Denny Way!
5. Ride the Wave! We’ve all seen it at sporting events– one row of people raise their arms up and slowly people catch on creating what is now referred to as “the Wave”. There is nothing more unifying than participating in one. Well, Robb Weller, from Entertainment Tonight was a local Seattleite… and the one who invented it in 1981 at a UW vs. Stanford game. A week later, it was introduced at a Seahawks game in the King Dome (RIP).
6. When the piggy goes to the market?…Well, first off, her name is Rachel, and she is Pike Place Market’s famous piggy bank. Next time you see her, share your extra change which will go to Seattle’s Market Foundation, contributing to schools, senior living centers, food banks and even a health care clinic. Rachel’s sibling, Billie, lives near the Hillclimb Walk on Western Avenue.
Do you know something we don’t know? Send it our way! We would love to learn more about our fascinating city!