MARKET GHOST TOUR
Since 2003 the Market Ghost Tour has been a part of Pike Place Market. The public walking tours are currently closed. Read below for more information and links to other ghost tours in Seattle.
History of the MARKET 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.
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.
The Market Ghost Tours are survived by Ghost Alley Espresso, the espresso shop Mercedes opened in 2012. The espresso shop is open Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 AM.
Michael Yaeger, the Mayor of Pike Place Market, one of the first people to share the ghost stories in Pike Place Market, passed away in August 2016. Mercedes has closed the Market Ghost Tours indefinitely after her father's passing. A public memorial honoring Michael's life is planned for October 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the Pike Place Market on the Desimone Bridge.
GHOST TOURS IN SEATTLE
There are several ghost tours in Seattle. Click on the photos below to view their websites & get current schedules.