Take a ride in Seattle’s time-traveling elevator

Want to go for a ride in one of the oldest vehicles in Seattle? You don’t need a license, but you should probably be okay with heights.

It’s true that Smith Tower’s elevators were recently modernized and automated, but the cabs are the same brass cages that carried curious locals to the top of the tower in 1914. At that time, it was the tallest building on the west coast, and boasted a view that few people had ever seen.

Smith Tower tour guide Albert Berry loves to imagine what that ride must have been like in the early days: Stick your head into the shaft, call to the elevator operator above, and get ready to be lifted higher than you’d ever gone before.

QUOTABLE: “When you step into this brass elevator, it’s almost like you’re stepping into a time machine.” — Albert

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: If you’d like to check out the view for yourself but don’t want to break the bank happy hour is the time to go.

By Eric Keto
Eric is a video producer based in Seattle, Washington.