What do you see in all those dirty basements, anyway?

“…the truth is it’s been a long time since I have seen the underground in terms of dirty basements.  I see Seattle’s birthplace down there. I see the ghosts of the past…the craftsmen who put the underground buildings together in the first place…the people for whom the present-day buildings, streets, banks, schools and parks are named…the tough characters who took a wilderness and carved a city out of it – for profit and prestige. I see the carriages and the candles and the gas lights and the fights…yes, mostly the fights. They were the sparks that make the city’s history unique…the cutting edge that created the city.”

William C. Speidel

In reference to the historic, urban underground landscape in Seattle, Washington

1967   Sons of the Profits. Nettle Creek Publishing Company.