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Denny Hill: History of the Regrade

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 14 reviews.Seattle, United States

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Experience hosted by David

2 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

On this walk, we will explore Seattle's most famous land alteration project: the complete removal of a hill in the downtown area. We'll cover about 1.5 miles circumnavigating the old hill in the area known as the Denny Regrade, where Amazon's campus is now located. Along the walk, we'll learn about how and why early Seattleites undertook this audacious and ambitious project, which they completed between 1897 and 1930. We'll also see clues in the landscape that allow you to visualize Denny Hill and walk through the heart of the Amazon campus.
On this walk, we will explore Seattle's most famous land alteration project: the complete removal of a hill in the downtown area. We'll cover about 1.5 miles circumnavigating the old hill in the area known as the Denny Regrade, where Amazon's campus is now located. Along the walk, we'll learn about how and why early Seattleites undertook this audacious and ambitious project, which they completed between 1897 and 1930. We'll also see clues in the…

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Meet your host, David

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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Hi. I’m David Williams, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I am an award-winning author who has been leading walking tours around Seattle for more than 15 years. My books weave together the human and natural histories of Seattle and its surrounding areas. They include Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography, Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City, The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist, and Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal. This walk is based on what I learned writing those books.
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Where you'll be

We'll explore the area known as the Denny Regrade in order to understand its history and context in the historic and modern city.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 14 reviews.

Susan
February 2020
I highly recommend David's tours! What a fascinating and delightful experience to learn about the history of Seattle, to stand in the places of the former hill's footprint, to imagine what it was like before and how people accomplished this crazy achievement to remove an entire hill. It will blow your mind! David has really deep knowledge about the history, geology, and architecture of the area, and tells stories with an infectious enthusiasm that makes the history come alive. I can't wait to take all of David's tours!
I highly recommend David's tours! What a fascinating and delightful experience to learn about the history of Seattle, to stand in the places of the former hill's footprint, to imag…
William
February 2020
I have lived in Seattle for almost 40 years and never knew exactly where Denny Hill had been originally situated. It was really interesting to get not only the geographical/geological context, but also a cultural/political/economic sense of the times in which decisions were to move a major Seattle hill into Elliot Bay. It was fun. Highly recommend.
I have lived in Seattle for almost 40 years and never knew exactly where Denny Hill had been originally situated. It was really interesting to get not only the geographical/geologi…
Aubrey
February 2020
David was a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. As a local, I enjoyed being able to see exactly where the Denny Regrade took place and get a better sense of what the area looked like before. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in this bit of Seattle’s history.
David was a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. As a local, I enjoyed being able to see exactly where the Denny Regrade took place and get a better sense of what the area lo…
Kelli
December 2019
I highly recommend this tour for anyone who has read about the Denny Regrade and wants to know exactly where it all took place.
Therese
December 2019
If you are new to Seattle or have lived here a long time you will gain a wealth of knowledge from David B. Williams. As a local historian and author of "Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography," David has a depth of knowledge and understanding about the urban planning, geography and regrading that made Seattle what it is today. I would highly recommend this tour for all Seatteites, urban planning and history nerds!
If you are new to Seattle or have lived here a long time you will gain a wealth of knowledge from David B. Williams. As a local historian and author of "Too High and Too Steep: R…
Steve
December 2019
David's walking tour is a must for anyone interested in history and Seattle. David is an expert and has curated an interesting, informative walking tour that is a real joy. Highly recommended for anyone both tourists visiting Seattle and especially people that live here and want to learn more about why our city is as it exists today.
David's walking tour is a must for anyone interested in history and Seattle. David is an expert and has curated an interesting, informative walking tour that is a real joy. Highly…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

We'll cover about 1.5 miles with minimal elevation change.

What to bring

Weather appropriate clothes.