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Episode 98: Never Alone


When tragedy strikes and poor choices haunt us, sometimes the only thing we can do is move on and build on the ashes of the past. But there are places where that hasn’t worked out so well. In fact, sometimes the worst thing we can do to history is bury it. 

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He had watched to escape the throng busy New England and it's hard to blame him. In fact, when he moved west in eighteen, seventy four, he wasn't alone countless others made the same decision to leave it all behind and build a new life as far from the EAST Coast ass. They could and many of these settlers found themselves in the Pacific. Northwest Joshua arrived when Seattle was just a saw milltown still in infants, compared to the great citys of the east. Despite that, it was still a bit too crowded. taste. So, instead of settling down with all the others who states claim to a plot of land to the west of town out where there were more trees than people for the stories tell us that Joshua wasn't the most fortunate
settlers on more than one occasion, he would pay a visit to his closest neighbours arriving just after Sundown, with a panicked expression on his face asking for shelter for the night. After a few of these visits, the neighbors eventually convince Joshua to explain what his troubles were. His answer was simple ghosts. Every night. He claimed he was being visited by invisible. Spirits sounds in the rafters of his cabin or footsteps outside his front door. He told them he could hear voices in this house and in it all become too much to deal with alone. The legend goes on to tell us that those neighbours eventually noticed the Joshua had stopped coming around and after a while They decided to go find out why, when they stepped in
his little house down the road, they were shocked to find Joshua's body in a heap on the floor cold and dead. His face, painted with an expression of utter whore, It turns out. History might hold an answer to the mystery Josh, was land was secluded sure, but it was so sacred. In fact, the location of his new cabin Headlong used by the local native Americans as a burial ground. Some leave that the residents there were disturbed by his rival disturbed enough to make his life a living nightmare. That's the trouble with history. It's a deep dark, Well, that's filled with everything. A city needs to grow the culture and events there act like nutrients, helping to move a place forward, allowing it to thrive and spread mystery, provides every city with roots. Most places, though, have something else something
less appealing, but no less memorable, because history is also filled with tragedy and suffering in pain and Joshua, Wingfield story teaches us anything. It's that there's darkness buried beneath the streets of Seattle and if the stories are true, it's never really gone away. I'm Erin Monkey- and this is lore- Seattle is a relatively young metropolis compared to other parts of Amerika. The descendants
of the pilgrims had lived in their Massachusetts Community of Plymouth for nearly two centuries before George Vancouver sailed into the Puget sound and one thousand seven hundred and ninety two. He became the first european to visit the land that would one day be home to the city. We know today, but it would take another six decades before settlers decided to give the land there try and when they arrived in eighteen, fifty one they were led by a man named Arthur Denny, but of course they weren't the first people to live there. In fact, our knowledge is believe that humans have lived along. The Puget sound for at least four thousand years, when Denny and his group of settlers arrive.
The native american people, known as the Dew Amish, were already there and for a brief moment, it seems that these two distinct cultures were going to get along. Instead, land got in the way the? U S, government had begun to offer settlers free plots of land if they were transplant themselves to the northwest. In fact, each person had three hundred twenty acres of land waiting.
for them free of charge and double that for married couples for the best of that land. The land that had already been cleared of trees and prepared for farming already belong to the native Americans that never stopped white Europeans. Before, though, so true to the rest of history around the country, Danny and his friends began to slowly take that land for themselves. At first, the Dew amish people under the rule of Chief Seattle were accommodating and generous, but that quickly changed those early, prominent settlers. Men like Arthur Denny Henry yes, Sir and Doc, Maynard we're on such good terms with Chief Seattle that they eventually named the settlement in his honor. But as the slow trickle of settlers transformed into a flood. The culture began to shift the newest of settlers. Weren't is friendly toward the door.
People and began to lobby their leadership for change. What happened next is one of the darkest marks on the history of the community. There believe themselves to be morally, culturally and intellectually superior to the native peoples. The settlers began to enact laws and regulations that limited their freedoms Henry. Yes, sir and others warned the newcomers that restrictions like that would be taken as a declaration of war, but few listen to him sure enough. In early eighteen, fifty six Adieu Amish Rating Party headed toward the town to reclaim what had been taken from them the? U S, naval vessel, the dictator, bombarded the native Americans from the water and the battle for Seattle was brought to an end. Less than a decade later, the city passed an ordinance to prohibit all native people from its borders,
While some people on both sides of the division chose to ignore the rule, it stayed on the books for many years and sadly it wouldn't be the last of its kind. in eighteen. Eighty six, when the arrival The railroad brought an influx of hundreds of chinese immigrants, angry mobs drove them down to the docks and onto ships bound for San Francisco, Those same docks had already become central to the economy of Seattle. Everything that happen, in the community from the cutting of timber to the sawmills that reduced it, the lumber olive, it ended up down by the water where ships waited to take it all away all of that industry needed workers, and so the land south of Henry Hustler Sawmill became a busy crowded, unsanitary downtown
our stories of disease and pestilence filling in the narrow gaps between the cramped buildings of rats and sewage problems of makeshift homes built to close to the water. The entire district took on a sort of darkness broken here and there by the red lights used by its inhabitants. In fact, looking down toward the docks at night, visitors were so struck by the red glow that they began to call that part of town the lava beds. Then, on June sixth of eighteen, eighty nine that metaphor became a little to accurate nets. The day a fire broke out in the basement, workshop of a cabinet maker named Victor Claremont, fuelled by the glue and wood shavings that filled his space. The blaze quickly expanded outward as the story goes, the shop above his
was a paint store filled with highly flammable chemicals and across the street, was a massive warehouse with hundreds of cases of whisky. Add to this the fact that the city hadn't seen reign in a very long time and they had the perfect recipe for disaster. Less than an hour later, the fire had spread to cover multiple blocks of the downtown area. Feeding off the wooden structures line the streets when it was finally over, nearly three dozen blocks of the city had been burned to the ground. Businesses and homes were gone, and the shipping industry ground to a halt. Nearly forty years of downtown growth had been reduced to ash in a single day. Seattle would rebuild but in the process they would make a unique decision rather than removing the darkness of the past. To start afresh with a clean slate, they decided to do something dangerous.
They would rebuild their lives right on top of the past Seattle, great fire of eighteen. Eighty nine is something of an anomaly in american history. Yes, Any other cities have experienced their own devastating fires, but an almost all of those cases. It was the fire that created the tragedy, the loss of lives on grand scale, always has a way of casting shadows across the rest of the city's history. But Seattle was different.
Not a single casualty was reported in the aftermath of the fire, so while the loss of homes and businesses was tremendous, there was no cloud of grief or loss hanging over the survivors. They had been kicked the ground, but had the hope to stand back up and rebuild, and that's where things get interesting. because the city planners and politicians saw the charred remains of the city as their chance to improve Seattle. They decided to elevate the entire downtown above the water line, a full story higher than the previous buildings, rather than clear the ground and start from scratch. They chose to simply build on top of the wreckage. tons of earth gathered from the eastern edges of the city were hauled in and used to fill in the streets and spaces between the remaining buildings. Archways were built over the old sidewalks
Ladders were installed to allow customers to climb down to the few remaining businesses that had survived the fire and when they were done, they had built a new downtown on top of the old one, without destroying what was beneath This new Seattle underground was quickly condemned by city officials, making it clear that no one was supposed to live and work there. But humans have a knack for decision. in rules that are a bit to inconvenience. Instead, those dark spaces and tunnels became. to the less savory portions of the city's economic life gambling and prostitution. Above all, of course, Seattle continue to grow in the decade the followed way is a prospect years pass through on their way north to Alaska and British Columbia. Seeking therefore genes in the rivers and minds of the Yukon when they struck it rich, they would pass back through Seattle spending their fortune on everything the city had to offer
For many, it was all about investment. Large quantities gold bullion were stored in bank parts, where it awaited purchased by the. U S, government and those same banks figured out system for advancing money to those prospectors tied them over until the sail through, which meant that Seattle was flushed with rough men. On tethered to the responsibilities of family or employment and with pockets full of cash, and they knew just how to spend it. Where there is and enterprising individuals always seem to step forward and help in those early years, a number of blue fools and gambling joints were set up and they made their owners, lots and lots of money, but them Powerful of them all was Lou, Graham and Lou was, unlike any of the others. For one simple reason: Lou was a woman Lou was actually a german immigrant name, Dorothea Georgina Emily Open, but there
Seattle. She was just the queen. Others were running filthy disease, ridden dens of prostitution, Lou aimed for the upscale market, and it worked so well that her clientele included not just traveling prospectors, with cash to burn, but also powerful local city officials. in the aftermath of the fire. Lou gram decided to put her immense fortune to work and built a massive new home for her empire, but it wasn't just money that flowed into her hands operating a network of brothels that serve the city's elite, also earned her influence and access all of a sudden. She was more than wealthy. She was fearful of the time Lou Graham died in nineteen o three. She had become the richest woman in America
she also died with no husband or children to inherit that fortune. So she willed it to her relatives back in Germany. The city of Seattle didn't care for that decision. Now. the wealth had been gleaned from the community there and they felt that it should stay. Instead, they ignored her will and use the money to fund the city's public school system past. Even the darker bits of it. Would continue to have an influence over the present and nowhere else. Is that more evident today than the darkness of the underground, because, while no lives. There anymore, it's clearly inhabited by something something born of the past and reluctant to leave today visitors to Seattle can take guided tours of the underground and literally stand on the walkways that were used by pedestrians before the fire of eighteen, eighty nine, but, along with views of long forgotten buildings, many visits
we have experienced a closer brush with the past. Some people, you see, claim to have seen ghosts. Many stories were centred around the pub built by Doc Maynard in the early days of the city, a space that is now located beneath the street along Pioneer square. It's been home to a gambling, then a large brothel and countless bars people who have visited the space claimed to have noticed overwhelming scented alcohol, as well as objects that move on their own and a spirit that has interacted with tourists, In another underground location, visitors to an abandoned bank have seen an elderly man in Nineteenth century clothing. Standing outside His appearance has been so powerful and realistic that most tourists have assumed he's just an actor, helping the tour accompany with their performance, but he often vanishes before anyone can speak with him.
Whether it's the distant sound of an old piano or the echo of spirited laughter and loud conversation, the spaces beneath the streets of Seattle seem to be home to more than just the remnants of another age. The past, as is so often the case, has refused to fade away. One of the oldest neighborhoods in Seattle is actually a short distance away from the new downtown and its dark underground. The Georgetown neighbourhood sits on the eastern banks of the Dew River. Nine is filled with old homes and older stories, and the most prominent of them
about the castle. In the hay day of prostitution and gambling, one of the busiest hotspots in Pioneer Square was the central saloon, which was a good thing for the man who built the place, Peter guessing because the entire enterprise had been a gamble. But then again, gambling with something the Peter was very, very good. At. That's how he started out in the late eighteen hundreds, while the Lee settlers of Seattle. Folks, like Arthur, Danny and Doc Maynard a gamble. Their lives on a fresh start in a new place. Peter governor was the more typical kind of gambler. He took advantage of the many gambling dense and managed to beat the odds more than they beat him In fact, my nineteen o one Peter had enough money to buy one of the downtown businesses that competed with Doc Maynard's pump. It was a building in Pioneer Square How's, the Watson, brothers, famous restaurant on the ground level and a hotel on the floor above
Peter, combined those two businesses into one that he called the central saloon and still there by the way- and it's been a powerful music venue for decades. In fact, in the nineteen eightys, the central was the launch pad for a number of bans that would go on to transform the music seen forever sound garden mud. need and Green River, all called the central, their home and true to this. of Seattle, Pearl JAM was a ban rebuild from the ashes of mother love bone and there are still going strong today. Buying the tavern was a gamble for governor, but it quickly paid off build with all of. Ices that Seattle was known for a central was always busy, and that meant lots and lots of profit and when there was enough cash in the bank, Peter decided to use it to build dream home or his young bride. Lizzie What he built was a massive five thousand Square Foot Mansion complete with a tourist
hi ceilings in every room, a wide wrapper on porch and an indoor theatre when it was completed in nineteen o to Peter and Lizzie, moved in and began to set up their new life inside those spacious rooms. But tragedy was right behind them and moved in a short while later Now there are two versions of how this tragedy played out. There are some who think. when Peter discovered that Lizzie was cheating on him with another local business man that he kept her out and converted the enormous house over to become yet another brothel and gambling. Then it was a reaction fuelled by grief and spite and a reflection of his tortured soul. Others, though, think the governors lock had just fine finally run out and his empire was faltering. Opening his dream home up as a palace of vice was the only thing he could think of the saint his business, either way, though, the how
became something very different than Peter had intended, and perhaps that's what led to the next chapter of his story a year after the transformation Peter was found dead inside his Georgetown mansion, they see his body was found in one of the second story bedrooms and that his tongue and lips showed signs of poisoning from drinking carbonic acid most believe it was suicide. Some have wondered if his estranged, wife Lizzie, might have had a hand in his death. That's because, months after Peter Governor was in the grave Lizzie and her new husband moved into the castle that he had built for her setting off away wave of rumours throughout the neighbourhood, olive that pain and tragedy seems to have stuck around too in the nineteen seventeen the house was purchased by Re Mc weighed and Peter Petersen, who set about restoring the house to its former glory. According to the story, the two men
discovered a small room that had been covered up and forgotten by past owners inside the room. Felts unnaturally, cold and noises could be heard throughout the house once outside the tiny room, though Is it start MC, weighed and Petersen also reported finding a dead cat on their front porch one day assume. in the animal, had gotten into a fight and dragged itself to their porch before dying, they gave it a proper burial in their front yard. The following day, though, they were shocked to find the cats body right back where they found it before in the centre of their porch. In the decade sense, numerous visitors to the mansion have reported unusual activity. Some have felt cold waves, wash for them as they move through the house, while others.
heard pounding on doors that have no one else. On the other side, one overnight guest reported getting up to use the bathroom at one in the morning only to be shut down the stairs by an invisible hand Today, the house is in the hands of yet another loving family and they have continued ongoing mission to restore Peter Governors Mansion to the glory at once knew, but even Oh new generations have taken up the fight against time it's hard to deny the way the past seems to haunt those high ceiling grooms. The past might very well be behind us, but if Seattle is any indication, it's all around us as well
Everyone loves a good come back. sorry to see the hero of the tail stand back up and keep marching towards the prize. Maybe that's because humans tend to be stubborn and resilience, or perhaps these stories offer us that precious nourishment that our souls depend on hope. Seattle is a city of hope. It's a community with a dark and broken foundation rooted in prejudice and violence and crime. But it's never let the past. If in it, even when it all burned to the ground that we see
less as a setback and more as a chance to improve and become something better arise from the ashes like a phoenix. But it never really goes away. Does it the city's dark past just moved underground for a time setting up shop beneath the feet of the people who live there, because that's what shadows do they bend away from the light clinging to the underbelly and the corners of our world? We won't ever fully get rid of them, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try in some ways the past is still there. It's in the names of streets like yes, their way in places like Pioneer Square, but in other places progress has washed over the past like a wave and replaced it with something new. A great example of this is the brothel that Lou Gram built following the great fire of
ten. Ninety nine! It still standing today at the corner of South Washington and Third Avenue, although its now known as the Washington Court building but the most persistent pieces of the past to stick around are the stories cheap Seattle passed away in eighteen, sixty six, but his daughter kick Asylum law stayed in the city Legend says that she lived near the waterfront near Western Avenue Pike and she was so warm and free, only to everyone around her that doc, Maynard's wife, Catherine, was said to have in her. The nickname, princess, Angelina time, marched on and try to leave the past behind. for decades, Princess Angelina was still there serving as a reminder of her fathers legacy and the early days of the community. They say she sold clams and handmaid baskets and watched as the city that had once been a fishing village of her own people grew into a metropolis
of strangers when she passed away in eighteen. Ninety six, she was buried near Henry S: law in Lake New Cemetery, where there are. He who believe she's never really left the city ever since the establishment of the pipe place market, countless people, have reported seen a woman with a woven basket in her arms usual. Sitting off to the side of a crowd. Others, I've seen the same figure, walking down the streets between downtown and the market or shoulder was wrapped in a shawl. Her hair pulled back in long brains. They say she lacks that apparitional appearance that we might expect from typical go stories. Instead, blending in with all the other people near her. But when any one has approached her, she banishes.
following the battle for Seattle in eighteen, sixty five, a treaty was signed between both sides and old Chief Seattle was said to have given a speech during the negotiations, the authenticity of the speech, as we know it today, I led the beta while the first version historians. No of was printed three decades after the treaty was signed, but most think that, at the very least, the spirit of his message was captured by those who attempted to her word it and it's the final few lines that have coffee attention of so many words that seem to echo through the ages as a warning to those who choose to remain in the city named after him. At night, Seattle was said to us
open when the streets of your cities and villages will be silence and you think them deserted. They will throng with returning hosts that once filled and still love this beautiful land, the white man will never be alone. Let him be just and deal kindly with my people, for the dead are not powerless dead did I say there is no death, only a change of worlds. Looking back from the perspective of the twenty first century, fewer words could be so true,
Nothing ever really goes away. It just slips into the shadows of the past, where it hans us, by reminding us of its presence, for better or for worse, were never alone. Now I hope you enjoy this brief tour of the amazing history behind one of America's greatest cities and the stories that still hot her streets, but there's one last Hale I want to share with you
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again in eighteen, fifty two, they weren't the typical family, headed toward the Oregon trail. They weren't looking for land or even gold. No Daniel and his family were heading west for an entirely different reason. He was on a mission from God Daniel was a Methodist Minister who had spent the previous decade travelling throughout Illinois preaching his message from town to town setting up New Methodist church communities. Now, though, he had been given a new task, he was to be a missionary taking his work into the west, where he would serve out a five year contract for the tidy sum of six hundred dollars a year. But the journey was tough along the way they met up with other travellers span, along with good conversation and helpful hands. These strangers brought something else with them: Cholera
the number of travellers died from the disease, but somehow Daniel and their son Clarence managed to stay healthy Susanna, though it wasn't doing so well ass. They moved closer and closer to their destination. In Oregon, rumours began to reach them of a place farther north a place with fresh air and open sky, believing that his wife's health could benefit such a climate, Daniel changed course and aimed for the Puget sound finally arriving in eighteen, sixty Susanna pull through, and the family settled into life there. In the growing town named after the law, gold native american ruler, Seattle, and while he did it age in the duties he had been tasked with founding the Methodist Church on second and Mason. Eat also threw himself into the local business world. soon enough. He was commissioner for the brand New University of Washington bounded by none other than Arthur Denny. After that you took over me,
Judgment of a series of coal mines on the eastern side of town, Daniel back We had a knack for business and he was quickly rewarded for all his hard work and looking back on his influential life, he left a powerful mark on Seattle But he might have left more than that. There is Worry about one of his Methodist churches in the area upon Capitol Hill that takes place in the late nineteenth eighties, according to former Deacon Doug, Jensen. He began his nightly rounds one evening, as he always did, by taking a walk through of the building. and it was in the middle of that inspection that something unexplainable happen. Sin, recalled walking into one of the rooms only to be stopped in his tracks by the figure of Daniel Bagley standing before him, Jensen described the vision as translucent. Dumping reminiscent of the holograms one might see in a Hollywood syphon, others I've seen Bagley as well. One minute
In the building witness Bagley standing on the balcony, his arms and the railing eyes, looking down upon him and Daniel, is apparently not the only spirit to haunt the church. Some have claimed see a woman in a long flowing, dress or form glowing in that same translucent, blue light on one such occasion. The woman Really spoke, how do I get out? She asked Person who found her could do nothing except point to the door their voice caught in their throats instead of heading in that direction, though the ghostly woman was said to have turned around and flown out a nearby window. It was only later, while thumbing through a book of old images from Seattle past that the witnesses realised just who that woman really was
the annual baggies wife Susanna. Maybe the couple had returned in an effort to save the church they founded, or perhaps they just felt drawn to a familiar place, neither way they are just one more reminder that this thoroughly modern metropolis is full of countless stories from the past. Then I hope that we never forget them. This episode of Lore was written and produced by me, Aaron Mahnke, with research by Carl. Alice and music by Chad Lawson. I make two other podcast as well cabinet of realities and unobstructed. You can find links to both of those over at the world of lore. Dont come slash now,
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