Pioneer Square is the historic birthplace of Seattle. After initially landing on blustery Alki Point in current day West Seattle, the Denny Party moved inland to settle on the calmer tideflats of Pioneer Square. It was here that fellow settler Doc Maynard suggested that the burgeoning village be named Seattle, after his friend Chief Sealth. Doc Maynard also convinced an entrepreneur named Henry Yesler to locate his sawmill at the settlement’s shoreline on Elliott Bay. Yesler’s Mill jump-started the economy, which spurred Seattle’s growth from a frontier town into a bustling city. These earliest beginnings are Seattle’s proud heritage, evident throughout Pioneer Square to this day.
The Trail to Treasure follows the people who settled here – many of whom have become local legends. Get to know the stories of the special places and events that helped shape the history and development of Pioneer Square, the city of Seattle, and the greater Puget Sound region.
Find a Trail to Treasure walking map at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park or at Milepost 31. Both visitor centers are located in Pioneer Square and are great places to start your historical tour.
You’ll find Trail to Treasure exhibits along the sidewalks throughout Pioneer Square. These informational panels feature historical photos and facts that give pedestrians the opportunity to see the urban environment around them as it once was.
Whether you come across a wayside, take a summer tour, or start at the first point on the Trail to Treasure walking map, we’re excited to have you explore the history of the neighborhood and of Seattle!
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
319 2nd Ave South
Seattle, WA 98104
FREE Summer Tours
June 24 - September 4
No registration necessary
2pm - 3pm | Fri, Sat & Sun