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    I am traveling to Seattle for a week this summer. Are there any suggestions/recommendations for machining oriented sites or museums to visit while I am there? I know about the Grizzly showroom in Bellingham.

    Also, any suggestions/recommendations for non-machining oriented activities?

    Thanks.

    - T

  • #2
    The Boeing Museum, if you are interested in aircraft
    The LeMay Museum, if you are interested in cars.
    Hardwick's, if you want to see the best old-time hardware store in the world.
    You are a year too late for the Boeing Surplus Store

    thnx, jack vines

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    • #3
      I second the Boeing Museum.
      Todd Shipbuilding on the water front. Call and see if you can visit!
      PaulF

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      • #4
        This website has a decent listing of available tours.

        http://www.factorytoursusa.com/

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        • #5
          Not exactly a museum, but if you like to see museum pieces flying, http://flyingheritage.com/

          And for rolling stock: http://www.bellinghamrailwaymuseum.org/

          The Museum of Radio and Electricity: http://www.amre.us/site/index.html

          And of course the already mentioned Boeing air museum.

          Not much here for old machinery - except maybe some old steamed latte makers from the 1980's

          Edit: Just remembered - we have a Grizzly store in Bellingham! I even drove from Seattle to visit it, once. Cost me $1500 to get out of there.
          Last edited by dp; 06-17-2008, 12:44 AM.

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          • #6
            The Boeing musuem (on E. Marginal Way) has been mentioned, there is also a new Boeing museum at Paine Field (biggest building in the world, where they build the wide bodies,) I haven't been yet but driving by it looks well done. They do tours there too.
            Hardwicks has gone yuppie.
            If you're going to Bellingham and like firearms, Kesselrings in Bow/Edison area is a great place to spend an hour or two.

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            • #7
              I think Hardware Sales in Bellingham is a much better hardware store than Hardwicks.
              Hardwicks sells mismatched chairs from the 70's.

              Hardware Sales stocks Starrett, Milwaukee, and Square D, will crimp eyes on 1/2" wire rope, and sell you a forklift or hot cut 6" foam.

              That said, Seattle in general is a lousy place for machining vacations.
              A good dozen used machine dealers are all gone due to high real estate prices.
              Boeing Surpus- Gone.
              Working shops within 20 miles of downtown- Gone.


              I would
              take a roundtrip ferryboat ride from downtown,

              rent a rowboat in Lake Union from the Wooden Boat Center and row around the lake for an hour,
              http://www.cwb.org/LiveryFleet.htm
              and while you are there, check out the Virginia V.

              Go to Matts in The Market and have a Wasabi Ahi Tuna Poor Boy Sandwich
              http://www.mattsinthemarket.com/

              Sneak by the Metal Building for the Blacksmith's Swap Meet on July 26th
              http://davidlisch.com/swap.html

              Eat lots of oysters, and drink some local microbrews, at someplace like the Old Edison Inn- http://www.chuckanutdrive.com/merchants/food.html

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              • #8
                I second the Boeing museum in Seattle.
                Also the Boeing tour at Paine Field,
                http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices.../tours/gw.html

                Gas Works park on Lake Union is worth seeing if you like old iron.

                http://www.vrseattle.com/pages/browse.php?cat_id=64

                Grizzly is worth seeing as they have a very large show room.

                Also you can jump on the Bainbridge ferry and go to the Naval Undersea museum,

                http://visitkitsap.com/includes/popu...D=8&ThingID=24

                Or you can jump on the Mukilteo/ Clinton ferry and visit Fort Casey if you like big guns and old military installations,

                http://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp...Casey&pageno=1


                Or jump on any ferry and just sight see.
                Mark Hockett

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                • #9
                  They tore down the nice old brick roundhouse in Interbay, replacing it with a new one to service Burlington Northern locomotives. But nearby is Red Mill Burgers, on Dravus St. at 16th Ave, the best hamburger in the city. After eating one of those you must go to the Ballard Locks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiram_M._Chittenden_Locks, to look at the 1916 facility, see the fish ladder underwater viewing station, and watch the boats going out to Puget Sound from Lake Washington.
                  Allan Ostling

                  Phoenix, Arizona

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by aostling
                    They tore down the nice old brick roundhouse in Interbay, replacing it with a new one to service Burlington Northern locomotives. But nearby is Red Mill Burgers, on Dravus St. at 16th Ave, the best hamburger in the city. After eating one of those you must go to the Ballard Locks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiram_M._Chittenden_Locks, to look at the 1916 facility, see the fish ladder underwater viewing station, and watch the boats going out to Puget Sound from Lake Washington.
                    Absolutely - and if your tastes run toward a more manly meal this is a must-see even if you don't eat there kind of place: http://www.mikeschiliparlor.com/

                    Just don't order the grilled cheese sandwich!

                    I wonder too if the hangar where this second time around restoration is taking place allows visitors: http://www.komonews.com/news/archive/4037241.html

                    That was a sad day when it crashed - it had only hours on the Hobbs meters from zero time. I visited the place several times when I worked for Boeing but don't recall if the public can drop in.
                    Last edited by dp; 06-17-2008, 02:09 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MinnesotaHSM
                      Also, any suggestions/recommendations for non-machining oriented activities?

                      Thanks.

                      - T
                      Seattle has some great parades......

                      Skip the Seafair one, that's boring if you're over 10 years old, more of a Chamber of Commerce type thing.

                      One of my two favorites is the Fremont Street Fair parade. Fremont (the center of the universe) is an off beat neighborhood north of downtown. Family oriented fun parade. Lots of full nudity (male and female) so if you're easily shocked be prepared.

                      The other favorite is the Seattle Gay Pride parade. This one is so popular the city had to move it from Capital Hill to downtown. Family oriented. You don't have to be gay to like this one (I'm not, my wife isn't and my kids didn't change their sexual orientation from growing up going to the is one). Even the most uptight won't be able to stop from laughing for the two-three hours it lasts. Double your money back if you don't think it's the funniest thing you've seen in years.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DR
                        One of my two favorites is the Fremont Street Fair parade. Fremont (the center of the universe) is an off beat neighborhood north of downtown.
                        Don't miss the Fremont Troll http://www.arfarfarf.com/troll/. That's a real VW in its clutches.

                        I miss the Fremont of the 1940s and 50s, when it (along with Ballard) was the hub of maritime industry in the Northwest.
                        Allan Ostling

                        Phoenix, Arizona

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by aostling
                          Don't miss the Fremont Troll http://www.arfarfarf.com/troll/. That's a real VW in its clutches.

                          I miss the Fremont of the 1940s and 50s, when it (along with Ballard) was the hub of maritime industry in the Northwest.
                          I worked in Fremont for the last 7 years. It's changed a lot even in that time. The maritime stuff is gone, replaced by yachts and condos. I think the kind of people who built the troll, the "Waiting for the Interurban" (http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9060) bus stop, and the famed statue of Lenin (http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9056) are gone - replaced by people who prefer high priced condos and trendy shops (http://www.nwculture.com/NWC/CityDis...FS/1FhpFS.html)

                          The rocket is still poised to save the free world: http://www.phoons.com/rocket2.html

                          And you can still buy a quality ukulele, harp, or hammered dulcimer at Dusty Strings: http://www.dustystrings.com/. Sue is nowhere near as tall as her picture suggests

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                          • #14
                            Want to see some really well preserved antique fire trucks in Ballard and friendly people: http://www.lastresortfd.org/

                            And just a short walk from Mike's Chili Tavern.

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                            • #15
                              MinnesotaHSM,

                              When are you planning to go to Seattle? My wife told me just tonight she will be traveling to Seattle for work in a couple of weeks and I am thinking of tagging along. I had the same thought about a little machining sight seeing.

                              I am also from Minnesota and will have been retired one year the first of July. Ah life is good.

                              J

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