Seattle street mnemonic contest: and the winner is…

I received a number of submissions for a geologically themed mnemonic to help remember downtown Seattle streets. I’d use the new version in my guide to Seattle building stones that will appear in my book, Geology Underfoot in Western Washington (Mountain Press Publishers, Missoula). Thanks to everyone who sent in a suggestion.

Seattle’s downtown center uphill-downhill street names (from south to north, the direction of the field trip) are Jefferson, James, Cherry, Columbia, Marion, Madison, Spring, Seneca, University, Union, Pike, Pine. The time-tested mnemonic is “Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Protest (alternate: “Pressure”)” (JCMSUP; note this doesn’t help with the order of the streets in each pair. Which is further south, Jefferson or James? Seneca or Spring?)

The decision was a tough one. After consulting BOTH my cats, and settling a heated argument between them, the winner is:

Juan de Fuca Crashing Mighty Slowly Under People” by Peg Ferm.

Thank you, Peg. You will receive a free book when it comes out.

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2 Responses

  1. I like it

  2. That is a good one!

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