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Claim a piece of Seattle history — rubble from demolished Alaskan Way Viaduct up for grabs

The Alaskan Way Viaduct was more than 60 years old when it came down this year. People are lining up to claim a dusty piece of concrete that was once part of the viaduct.

Many pick up and carefully examine each chunk, turning it around almost like it's a piece of fruit they are checking for flaws in the produce section. 
Some are planning to put their bits of rubble in family members' Christmas stockings this year. Others plan to display them in their gardens and offices, or start a collection with their rubble from the Kingdome.
Pieces of the viaduct will be available for free at the Friends of  Waterfront Seattle offices, located at 1400 Western Ave., through Sunday. They're open from noon to 5 p.m.

Crews are working to remove the last few pieces of the Seattle icon, and developers are already preparing for the next stages of the waterfront. New projects will bring parks, improved pedestrian access and bike lines to the area over the next few years. 

Rebekah Way is an on-call news host at KNKX. She began her career in public radio as a news intern at KNKX, where she's also worked as an interim producer and reporter. Rebekah holds a life-long passion for music and also works as a professional musician and educator in the Seattle area.