Hello there! Today were heading off to Seattle and Chicago! I’ve yet to visit Chicago but yet another kind soul helped me out with a mug to add to my collection!
Did You Know?
- Pike Place Market is much more than just a market! There are also 400 apartments as well as a senior center, medical clinic, a child-care center, a food bank and an assisted living facility! (Pike Place Quick Facts)
- The 605 foot tall Seattle Space Needle was built for the World’s Fair in 1962. It is estimated that 2.65 million people, including many celebrities, visited it during the Fair. (Space Needle History)
- Settlers first arrived in the area in 1851. The town was originally called New York followed by New York-Alki. Alki is Chinook for “by-and-by”. Eventually the area was named Seattle, after a Duwamish Leader named Sealth who had become friends with the settlers. (City Archives)
- Chicago is the “traditional homeland” for several indigenous nations. The first non-indigenous settler was a trader from Haiti. Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was a free black man who arrived in the 1770’s from New Orleans where he lived with his Native American wife. (City of Chicago History)
- At 1450 feet tall, The Willis Tower is the 12th tallest building in the world and the 2nd tallest in the Western Hemisphere. If you visit the public viewing deck, which is the highest in the USA, on a clear day you can see Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. (Willis Tower Fun Facts)
- Dr. Bernard Fantus created the world’s first blood bank at the Chicago Cook County Hospital in 1937. (Dr. Bernard Fantus: Father of the Blood Bank)
Well, that’s that! My next post will bring you to Edmonton and Portland!
STAY SAFE. STAY HEALTHY. STAY HOME.