Seattle is the largest city in the state of Washington, just over 100 miles south of the United States/Canada border. Seattle is named after Chief Sealth ''Seattle'' of the Duwamish and Suquamish native tribes. The city's population is around 609,000 residents. Seattle is the birthplace of the rock music style ''grunge,'' with local bands being Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana and Alice in Chains. The Port of Seattle is the 8th largest port int he United States, being a major port for trade with Asia.
Facts About Seattle:
-The Market is a nine-acre National Historic District, and home to more than 100 farmers, 200 artists and craftspeople, 250 small businesses, 500 residents — and 50 street performers (who may perform anywhere there is a musical note painted on the sidewalk).
-Seattle was the first city in the US to play a Beatles song on the radio.
-Seattle has 30 miles of bike-pedestrian trails, 90 miles of signed bike routes and 16 miles of bike lanes on city streets. It has more bicycle-commuters than any other American city.
-Seattle built the first revolving restaurant in 1961.
-Alone among Northwest cities, Seattle fields major league teams in all three primary sports - baseball, basketball and football.
-Seattle does NOT lead U.S. cities in annual rainfall - that's just a rumor. At 37 inches per year, it's less than Miami (56 inches), New York (42), Atlanta (51) and Boston (41).
-Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world was founded in Seattle. It opened in the Market in 1971 and is still brewing at that site.
-Seattle sells more sunglasses per capita than any other major city in the nation.
-Seattle was the first city in the world to pump Muzak into stores and offices.
-Seattle was the first American city to put police on bicycles.
-Washington State Ferries enjoy the distinction of being the nation's largest ferry system and the state's number one tourist attraction.
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Are you looking for something to do in the Seattle area? Here at ChaCha, we have you covered! Check out these hot upcoming events!
Put on your reindeer antlers and your running shoes and join in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk on Saturday, December 11. The race starts at 8:00 am at the Westlake Center and is a fundraiser to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific NW Chapter. The cost is $30 per person.
Running now through December 24, Seattle sketch mavens Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt ring in the holidays with the 11th edition of their cult holiday show called Ham for the Holidays: A Lard Day's Night. This show, featured at Theatre Off Jackson, is full of maladjusted characters, tacky costumes, wigs and adult humor to keep you laughing! Tickets range from $15 - $33.
Start your holiday season off right with a free comedy show at The Crocodile on Monday, December 12 at 9:00 pm. Hosted by Paul Merrill, this show will have lots of special guests, including Mike Drucker from SNL and The Onion and Derek Sheen. There will even be open slots for beginners and first-timers to try their hand at comedy. Come out for some laughs!
Get out your tackiest and ugliest Christmas gear and head to Linda's Tavern for the 5th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party on Thursday, December 15. Prizes will be given to the most original self-created shirt, most grandma, not even an ugly sweater and most over the top costume.
Step back in time to the Roaring 20's with all the glitz and glamour of the Jazz Era, Great Gatsby and Hollywood Starlets to ring in the New Year. This is an all-inclusive black tie event with an open bar featuring classic cocktails and martinis. A Jazz band and piano bar will be providing the entertainment, and individuals, couples and groups are welcome. Get tickets at http://www.roaringtwentiesaboardtheroyal.com.
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