MARKET GHOST TOUR
Since 2003 the Market Ghost Tour has been a part of Pike Place Market. The public walking tours are currently closed. To book a private tour with 6 or more people contact us.
History of the Ghost Tours
In 2002, Mercedes Yaeger gave her first ghost tour with her father, the Mayor of Pike Place Market, Michael Yaeger. On that Halloween night they wove stories together effortlessly. The next year she enlisted the help of Market artist and puppet maker, Rob D'Arc and together they gave tours through October.
Within the next three years Mercedes began heavily researching the ghost stories and crafting them into a formal year round business. Her experience as a film archivist with PBS lent itself well to the research. She spent hours going through former leases, health department records and archives in the libraries around Seattle. By 2010, when ghost hunting became popular on television, she aligned herself with TV personalities and paranormal researchers to delve even further into the stories. Mercedes always maintained a simple mission; to connect people with the individuals that have impacted the Market's growth. Her development of the company led to relationships with descendants of the people she was researching, to speaking engagements about the history of the Market, and to writing a book about the subject. Her book, Seattle's Market Ghost Stories, received a Literary Lion Award in 2011 from the King County Library System. Her volunteer work along side Gregg Olsen (author of Starvation Heights) and WSPIR Paranormal helped raise over $30,000 for the Kitsap Library System in 2011. In preserving and researching the stories of the Pike Place Market she has always hoped to inspire people to see not only the Market, but their own neighborhoods and cities, in a new way.
Mercedes closed the year round public tours in June 2016 but continues to offer private tours and host events in the Market. The Market Ghost Tours are survived by Ghost Alley Espresso, the espresso shop Mercedes opened in 2012.