First Avenue Happenings
On the other side of the building from Post Alley, on First Avenue, the street-level space of the building has also housed many short-lived establishments with inexplicable happenings.
Avenue One was a restaurant that occupied the space from 1997 to 2002 and experienced many bone-chilling events in that brief span. In one occurrence, two wine bottles flew off the wine rack, barely missing an employee’s head. In other incidents, a vase moved and appeared on a window table without anyone touching it, and an old woman vanished into a wall.
Before this restaurant, the previous owners also reported having experienced a “spiritual vibration.” Even customers felt it, too, especially in one booth appropriately dubbed the “haunted booth.”
While some dispelled the rumors of this haunted booth, one night, the evidence was inarguable. One night, a couple dining at a booth witnessed a large piece of plaster fall from the ceiling onto the floor just feet away from the table.
Another story with no explanation about the Butterworth building? A cafe owner once witnessed a pair of sneakers underneath a bathroom stall disappear with no explanation.
The Shaman’s Telling
While some of these stories may have scientific or logical explanations, one shaman decidedly confirmed that there are, in fact, several ghosts that occupy the building. He counted 19.
The shaman suggested some of these ghosts are from the bodies that passed through the mortuary, while others were from an old Suquamish native burial ground. The restless spirits of Chinese and African Americans who helped erect the building also haunt its walls.
Haunted Seattle, WA
A city rich with history, Seattle, Washington, also carries some stories from the beyond. A trip to the Butterworth Building shows you a side of the Emerald City you won’t see on a typical tourist jaunt. Discover this and more on a Seattle US Ghost Adventures tour.
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