• SeattleInsider: Seattle's gum wall at Pike Place Market - it's not the only one!

    By: Michael Fox


    It’s gooey, smelly and has been slobbered on by thousands across the world.

    If you’ve never been to the iconic Gum Wall at Pike Place Market, well - you’re missing out.

    And as it turns out, it’s not the only one! Now you have a gum wall to visit on your next trip to California.

    Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo stretches 70 feet and has been said to be the landing spot for millions (yes millions!) of pieces of gum.

    Many speculate about when this gum wall began. 

    Some say it started in the 1950s while others argue that it was a competition dating back to the 1970s between local high school and college students. 

    As for the Seattle Gum Wall, people started to stick their flavorful mouthfuls on outside the Market Theater in the early 1990s.

    After a couple of failed attempts by workers to keep the wall clean, it was left untouched and became recognized as a tourist attraction.

    Yes they’re both a bit disgusting.

    But the enormity of an entire wall covered with colorful bubble gum from people across the world is pretty spectacular.

    Want to visit the gum wall in Seattle? Click here for information.

    Visiting San Luis Obsipo and want to compare it with your hometown sticky? Click here.

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