Construction_on_Pike_Place_in_front_of_Leland_Hotel 1 Photo: Suzanne Hittman Collection

In 1907, in order to combat unpredictable grocery market prices, City Councilman Thomas Revelle proposed a public outdoor marketplace for local Seattle farmers on Pike Street.

Later that year, Seattle businessman Frank Goodwin noticed that the farmers lacked sufficient shelter to sell their produce. Goodwin extended a covered structure off the Leland Hotel which allowed the farmers to stay dry while creating over 50 additional vendor stalls. Pike Place Market was born.

We gathered a handful of photos dating back to the early days of the Pike Place Market to show how much has changed and, in some cases, how much has stayed the same. Enjoy!

Pike Place 2 Photo: Suzanne Hittman Collection

An early Pike Place postcard shows the cobblestone streets of a busy market in 1939. Many of the original roadways are still intact today.

Pike Place 3-compressed Photo: imgur

This 1955 snapshot of Second Avenue and Pike showcases the prevalence of coin-metered parking. Today’s meters are now accept credit cards and you can even pay through your mobile phone.

Pike Place 4-compressed Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives

In the 1963, plans were drafted and agreed upon to demolish Pike Place Market and replace it with hotels, apartment buildings and even a hockey arena. Luckily, the community stepped in to help keep Pike Place a local landmark.

Pike Place 5-compressed (1) Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives

Space Needle architect Victor Steinbrueck led a movement to preserve the Market in 1971. After a successful campaign to save Pike Place, the area was later registered as a national historic site.

Pike Place 6-compressed Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives

This vignette taken in 1978 showcases the styles characteristic of Pike Place Market in the late 70s, from fashion to automobiles. The Sur La Table was notably tiny in comparison to its present day location.

Pike Place 7-compressed Photo: Luke Nadeau/Flickr

The Public Market entryway is one of the oldest neon signs on the west coast. It’s also prime location for selfie-stick wielding tourists.

Nicola-compressed Photo: Nicola/Flickr

Over 100 years later, Pike Place Market is still a major destination that receives 10 million visitors a year. Many of the vendors are famous locals and the goal of providing fresh produce is still the core mission of Pike Place Market.

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