Take your gum and stick it to the wall
By: Travel Mammal
Seattle. Fairly clean, pretty green with at least 3 National Parks and gorgeous landscape surrounding it. Shitty traffic though; enough to turn West Coast cool into East Coast rage.
I’ve been there twice and both times I discovered new stuff. Most recently, it was the Gum Wall, aka, the Great Gum Wall of Seattle.
When I was a kid I put my chewed up gum under the desk. So did you. About 20 years ago, a few people took it to a new level. And this new level turned into a popular downtown Seattle attraction.
Considered one of the germiest attractions on the Planet (along with the Blarney Stone), Seattle’s Gum Wall is a somewhat hidden point of interest, located within the infamous Pike Market but below and slightly off the main market drag.
It’s not so much a single gum wall as it is several gum walls. An impressive compilation of gum built up and stuck on over the past 2 decades.
The clever ones get creative, take a bunch of their own gum and combine it with their friends gum to make a giant gum ball. The more boring types just take pictures. The adventurous take pictures of themselves licking the gum.
I wonder if Seattleites like having this attraction? Sure, the Space Needle and the Market get a lot of the legit attention. Personally, I dig it. It’s a unique oddity that makes a city dynamic and different. It seems cities everywhere these days have a tall building they count on for identity and pride. But few can boast about the legend and history of an attraction that makes everyone smile and adds a truly endearing quality to an ever-changing city like Seattle.
Want to stick it where it belongs? Map and details below.
Under the bridge
By: Travel Mammal
A while ago, I wrote about the Great Gum Wall of Seattle. Yummy.
And in my quest to see unusual attractions, I was told to drive a bit north of the downtown Seattle core. To find the Emerald City’s Fremont Troll. An 18 foot high sculpture built by 4 Artists nearly 25 years ago. Their goal was to create something that would help clean up this area of the city, through art.
The Fremont Troll is a major attraction. And as you’ll see, young and old still like to climb on it, pose in front of it and just stare at it.