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Seattle Historic Tours -- International District

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1. Union Station and Vicinity

Union Station opened in 1911 to serve the Oregon & Washington Railroad, a subsidiary of Union Pacific, and the Milwaukee Road. Daniel J. Patterson's design features a dramatic vaulted Great Hall, which was restored in 1999 as part of a remodeling for the new headquarters of the Sound Transit system. The older King Street Station on the west was completed in 1906 by the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railroad and now serves Amtrak.

The downtown transit tunnel's International District Station was completed in 1990 and affords free weekday service as far north as the State Trade & Convention Center. The Waterfront Streetcar line was extended in the same year and terminates at 5th Avenue S and S Jackson Street.


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Union Station
Courtesy Walt Crowley

Union Station
Courtesy Walt Crowley