How well do you know the history behind Seattle’s landmarks? Take our quiz

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Seattle has many sights, from brave to bizarre.  But how well do you know her?  Click through the slideshow to take our quiz and see the answers.  But when you feel confident, scroll down and take the quiz in history.

Alex Halverson,

February 5, 2020Updated: September 17, 2020, 4:59 p.m.

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Seattle has many sights, from brave to bizarre. But how well do you know her? Click through the slideshow to take our quiz and see the answers. But when you feel confident, scroll down and take the quiz in history.

Question: What year did the Seattle Post Intelligencer stop printing a daily newspaper?2of21st

Question: What year did the Seattle Post Intelligencer stop printing a daily newspaper?

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Answer: March 2009. It was March 17th, 2009 to be precise.  After attempting to sell the paper, Hearst Communications announced that the paper would only go online.  We now operate under the SeattlePI name, but were still Seattle's oldest employer after starting in 1863.3of21st

Reply: March 2009.

It was March 17th, 2009 to be precise. After attempting to sell the paper, Hearst Communications announced that the paper would only go online. We now operate under the SeattlePI name, but were still Seattle’s oldest employer after starting in 1863.

Joshua Trujillo / Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Question: The Smith Tower was built in 1914 and was the tallest building west of which state at the time?4thof21st

Question: The Smith Tower was built in 1914 and was the tallest building west of which state at the time?

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Answer: Ohio.  Lots of ads said 5of21st

Reply: Ohio.

Many ads said “tallest building west of the Mississippi,” but they brag about it longer than they should.

JOSHUA TRUJILLO / SEATTLEPI.COM

Question: The Ballard locks are between which two fields?6thof21st

Question: The Ballard locks are between which two fields?

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Answer: Shilshole and Salmon bays.  The enormous technical achievement linked the Puget Sound with Lake Washington via two channels.7thof21st

Reply: Shilshole and Salmon bays.

The enormous technical achievement linked the Puget Sound with Lake Washington via two channels.

GENNA MARTIN, SEATTLEPI.COM

Question: The Pike Place Market was almost demolished 50 years ago and turned into what?8thof21st

Question: The Pike Place Market was almost demolished 50 years ago and turned into something.

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Answer: A parking garage and high-rise buildings.  The market was described by the then mayor Dorm Braman as old and deteriorated.  Seattle City Council attempted to destroy the market, but a group of proponents of the historic landmark saved the day.9of21st

Reply: A parking garage and high-rise buildings.

The market was described by the then mayor Dorm Braman as old and deteriorated. Seattle City Council tried to destroy the market, but a group of proponents of the historic landmark saved the day.

Genna Martin / seattlepi.com

Question: Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong but was buried in Seattle.  How was his son Brandon Lee.  Where was Bruce Lee born?10of21st

Question: Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong but was buried in Seattle. How was his son Brandon Lee. Where was Bruce Lee born?

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Answer: San Francisco, California.  Although born in Northern California, Bruce Lee was a Seattle area transplant and a graduate of the University of Washington that became a local legend.11of21st

Reply: San Francisco, California.

Although born in Northern California, Bruce Lee was a Seattle area transplant and a graduate of the University of Washington that became a local legend.

HILDA ANDERSON / seattlepi.com File Photo

Question: On the statue of Vladimir Lenin, the hands are sometimes painted in what color.12of21st

Question: The hands of the statue of Vladimir Lenin are sometimes painted in what color.

JOSHUA TRUJILLO / SEATTLEPI.COM

Answer: Red. The statue of Lenin in Fremont had been quite a trip to the US and was once destined to be hacked for junk.  However, he lives on in Seattle and occasionally gets his hands painted red.13thof21st

Reply: Red.

The Lenin statue in Fremont had been quite a trip to the United States and was once destined to be hacked for junk. However, he lives on in Seattle and occasionally gets his hands painted red.

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Question: An error overlooked by the PI changed the course.  A false article claimed what kind of business started the Great Seattle Fire that led to the Seattle Underground?14thof21st

Question: An error overlooked by the PI changed the course. A false article claimed what kind of business started the Great Seattle Fire that led to the Seattle Underground?

Answer: A paint shop.  Sorry Jim McGough.15thof21st

Reply: A paint shop.

Sorry Jim McGough.

JOSHUA TRUJILLO / SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

Question: The Space Needle was built for this year's World's Fair?16of21st

Question: The Space Needle was built for this year’s World’s Fair?

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Answer: 1962. Built in less than a year, the 605-foot needle has been described as that 17thof21st

Reply: 1962.

The 605-foot needle was built in less than a year and was named the “Slim Queen of the Fair” by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

GENNA MARTIN / SEATTLEPI.COM

Question: The Fremont Troll was installed on what public holiday in 1990?18thof21st

Question: The Fremont Troll was installed on what public holiday in 1990?

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Answer: Halloween.  The birthday is celebrated by 19thof21st

Reply: Halloween.

The birthday is celebrated every year by “Trolloween”.

Joshua Trujillo / Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Question: Macy's downtown location is in a Grade II listed building that was originally built for the now defunct department store in Seattle.20thof21st

Question: Macy’s is located downtown at a landmark that was originally built for the now defunct department store in Seattle.

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Answer: The Bon Marché.  Known for its catchy radio and television commercials, the department store eventually became The Bon, then Bon-Macy's, until the New York department store's history enveloped the brand.21stof21st

Reply: The Bon Marché.

Known for its catchy radio and television commercials, the department store eventually became The Bon, then Bon-Macy’s, until the New York department store’s history enveloped the brand.

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A concrete control, a burnt city beneath our feet, and a 462-foot building that used to dominate the skyline. Seattle’s list of historic landmarks ranges from engineering feats to objects of bizarre curiosity.

Take the Ballard Locks, for example. The over 100 year old lock system, which allows 50,000 ships a year to travel from Puget Sound to Lake Washington, was a major effort that required US Army engineers to dig two canals and lower Lake Washington’s water level by 9 Foot.

Now walk just a few miles east and you will find a statue of Vladimir Lenin first erected in the former Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.

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Not far from there, in the same neighborhood, is a troll under a bridge clutching a Volkswagen bow with a California license plate.

But do you know the history and trivia behind Seattle’s famous buildings and locations?

Then test your knowledge. If you’re a Seattleiter by birth, raised with smoked salmon, and introduced into adulthood with a Rainier, take the unsupported quiz below. If you want to refresh your memory or learn something new about Pike Place Market, click through the gallery above.

How did you do it Do you fancy more history? Take a look at a bit of us here.

Alex is an executive producer for the SeattlePI.