{seattle} boring mile 31

August 4, 2015

Mile 31 is located in Pioneer Square. Mile 31 boasts that it’s Seattle’s most boring exhibit. I would have to agree. Mile 31’s exhibit all about the SR 99 Tunnel Project is pretty boring stuff. Considering this tunnel cuts right through downtown and the waterfront area though, it’s actually interesting for tourists to find out why there is so much construction going on! And let me tell you, the construction is huge and just everywhere!

I was wondering why this fancy information center decided to name itself Mile 31 though. A little online snooping got me the answer. You know that when you’re driving on the highway, mileposts marks where you are. Milepost 31 marks a spot on the highway, but also a spot in important Seattle history. It’s where “mile-thick glaciers gave way to native civilizations. It’s where Seattle’s first neighborhood saw the rise of the city’s most notorious stretch of highway – the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct – and where crews building the world’s largest diameter bored tunnel to replace the viaduct will first cross into the soils beneath Pioneer Square.” Who knew?

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A boring Seattle photo adventure:

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2 Responses to “{seattle} boring mile 31”

  1. annalice said

    the museum was actually kinda interesting but also boring at the same time lol

  2. I found this Milepost 31 exhibit to be hard to understand, too, since it is mostly about dirt and engineering! Don’t forget to go to the Klondike Gold Rush Museum. It is a very entertaining and understandable exhibit and they have free walking tours of Pioneer Square which really help explain the major events that created what we see there today.

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