One of the most iconic neon signs located along the West Coast of the USA is the Pike Place Market sign and clock installed above Seattle, WA’s Pike Place Market.
Officially dating back to 1937 (with some reports saying 1927?), the sign and clock have adorned the corner of First and Pike in Seattle and have changed very little, if it all since then. Over the nearly nine decades of their existence, they have welcomed visitors coming to the market to buy fresh produce and meats, eat at the restaurants housed in the market, or to engage in a little political discourse. Since 1975, they have also lit the way for millions of coffee lovers coming to get a cup of coffee or a cappucino at a little coffee shop known as Starbucks! In fact, this Starbucks is the chain’s first and flagship restaurant (which originally opened in 1971 at a completely different location) and is still going strong after 4 1/2 decades!
Sign and Clock Location:
- http://www.visitseattle.org/things-to-do/sightseeing/pike-place-market/ (Info about Pike Place Market from VisitSeattle.org.)
- http://pikeplacemarket.org/history (History of the market at the official Pike Place Market homepage.)
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