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110th Anniversary of the Market's Dedication

110th Anniversary of the Market's Dedication

Posted November 30, 2017

On this day in Market history, 110 years ago, November 30, 1907...

"There were cheers when Councilman Tom Revelle, got up in top hat and tails, approached the podium; more cheers when a farmer thrust in his hands a huge pumpkin; and still more when he set it down by the speaker's stand, placed his silk hat on it, and with political resonance addressed the assemblage:

This market is yours. I dedicate it to you, and may it prove a benefit to you and your children. It is for you to defend, to protect and to uphold, and it is for you to see that those who occupy it treat you fairly; that no extortion be permitted and that the purpose for which it was created be religiously adhered to. This is one of the greatest days in the history of Seattle, but it is only a beginning for soon this city will have one of the greatest markets in the world. ...It is here to stay and there is no influence, no power, no combination and no set of either political or commercial grafters that will destroy it.

The assembled farmers and consumers cheered, the band struck up another march, and the crowd dispersed to shop at stalls filled with late fall produce"

-Excerpt from Soul of the City: The Pike Place Public Market by Alice Shorett and Murray Morgan

CATEGORY: HISTORY