Pioneer Square, Seattle Professional Review and Guide
"Welcome to Skid Road, historic heart of Seattle, where the images of city founders Arthur Denny, Doctor Maynard, and the legendary Chief Sealth are recalled almost every step of the way around the district now known as Pioneer Square. According to some historians, the land adjoining the Seattle waterfront was once a sacred rest camp for the Siwash Indians, who relished the salmonberries and clams that could be found here in abundance.
The creation of a historic preservation district in 1970 sparked the area’s revival as an arts and crafts center, tourist mecca, restaurant district, and the gateway to another “gold rush” represented by millionaire athletes, multi-millionaire franchise owners, and the pleasure palaces that have recently been constructed to house Seattle’s professional football and baseball teams. Special attractions: Museum, several restaurants, interesting architecture."