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Chuck Russell-Coons, tour guide, Beneath the Streets

I have been showing people around Pioneer Square for eight years, and I’m happy to say that it still beats working for a living.


As a storyteller I always heed Emily Dickinson’s advice: “tell all the truth but tell it slant.” When I finish up here each day I get to go home to my wife and son and our sweet old dog in Seattle’s historic Ballard neighborhood.

Before I became a tour guide I worked as a cook, I managed a record store, and I even practiced a little bit of law for a while. When I grow up I want to be an amateur naturalist, working somewhere deep in the woods of western Washington.

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