All the Gum Is Coming Off Seattle's Gum Wall

Published On 11/03/2015 Published On 11/03/2015

The world's most disgusting tourist attraction -- no, not Times Square -- is getting a facelift. No, the famed Gum Wall in Post Alley, near Pike Place Market in Seattle, has endured 20 years of gum-sticking without a single cleaning. But, all that's about to change, as cleaners are going to strip the 54ft wall of its gooey additions, with the sugar being deemed destructive. No word on whether a dentist is behind the proceedings.

The cleaning will no doubt prove to be one of the stickier jobs around, beginning November, 10, and after the wall is steam cleaned, people will again be able to affix gum to it. Inevitably, someone will probably have likely have to clean it again 20 years later, but, well, that's someone else's problem down the road.

Obviously, there is a degree of sentimentality associated with the final days of the attraction, so Pike Place Market is holding a photo contest where travelers can share their special moments with globs of chewed up, spit-ridden, colorful candies. What a weird time to be alive. 

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Kara King is a News Writer for Thrillist and steps in gum so frequently she is jaded towards the substance. Send news tips to and follow her sticky tweets at @karatillie.



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