Naturalist David B. Williams takes you through downtown and reveals the billions of years of history infused into the city’s architecture
What You'll Get
- $25 for one admission to a geology-themed city tour with naturalist David B. Williams
- Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
- You must reserve your date here in advance of the event
Groups meet at the southeast corner of 1st Avenue and Madison Street.
Each event is capped at 16 purchasers.
What You’ll Do
Although Seattle’s buildings look modern, the stones used to make them are actually much, much older than they appear. During this two-hour tour of the downtown area, you’ll follow around naturalist David B. Williams as he points out examples of stone architecture built out of granite, sandstone, and other rocks as old as 3.5 billion years. All participants need bring is a sense of wonder—and maybe a magnifying glass to get an up-close look at some of the stones.
Downtown Walking Tour
Follow naturalist David B. Williams on a 1.5-mile walk as he discusses the geology behind the ancient rocks that make up the stone architecture of downtown Seattle.
Learn the History of Ancient Stones
David points out stone and fossils from different geological periods, ranging from 120,000 to 3.5 billion years ago.
David B. Williams
Author and Naturalist
After moving from Utah to Boston, geologist David B. Williams longed for the red rocks of the American west. That is until he discovered ancient sandstone, fossils, and other geological treasures hidden right in the city’s stone buildings. Since then, the naturalist has lectured on the geological history of building stone, authored numerous books on the subject, and led Stories in Stone building tours for two decades.
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