Pike Place Market’s Infamous Gum Wall Cleaned after Twenty Years


After more than 20 years, the infamous gum wall in Seattle’s Pike Place Market was cleaned. It was a sad November 10 morning for a lot of people who have come to appreciate this famous tourist spot. In the video below by Seattle Times staff photographer Erika Schultz, workers are using high-temperature pressure washers to soften the layers of gum stuck on the wall by tourists and locals alike.

Below are some photos we took of the Pike Place Market area and the gum wall on our trip last June.

The famous Pike Place Market sign at Seattle

The famous Pike Place Market sign at Seattle

An empty First Avenue and Pike intersection before. This was taken around 10am, surprisingly only a few of us tourists were there at that time.

An empty First Avenue and Pike intersection before. This was taken around 10am, surprisingly only a few of us tourists were there at that time.

A Post Alley section where the Gum Wall is located near the Pike Place Market sign

A Post Alley section where the Gum Wall is located near the Pike Place Market sign

Melted gum on a window sill of one of the shops in the post alley section of the Pike Place Market.

Melted gum on a window sill of one of the shops in the post alley section of the Pike Place Market.

Full story over at the Seattle Times.


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