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Galloping Gerty
On November 7, 1940 the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapsed just four months and seven days after it opened . . .


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Puget Sound
Puget Sound is an arm of the Pacific Ocean, bordering Kitsap Peninsula on the east, named for Peter Puget, who explored it.
Suquamish

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Chief Sealth's Grave
7076 NE South ST
Behind St. Peters Mission
Suquamish, WA 98392
Seattle was named for Suquamish Chief Sealth, who came to be known as Chief Seattle. The grave site is located in the town of Suquamish, and overlooks Puget Sound. This memorial was renovated and rededicated on Veterans Day, 2010.


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Hood Canal
Hood Canal is a natural, glacier-carved fiord more than 60 miles long, with 242 miles of shoreline and first explored and named by Captain George Vancouver in 1972.
Bainbridge Island

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Largest Softwood Sawmill in the World!
About 1864, Captain William Renton established a saw mill in Blakely Harbor on the eastern shores of Bainbridge Island. The mill grew in size and operations to become known as the "largest softwood sawmill in the world" around the turn of the century.
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Destiny Harbor Tours
4430 Holly Ln. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
253.225.6306
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Welcome, I'm Captain Tom. We operate harbor tours, sightseeing and private charters and memorials in Gig Harbor and Tacoma. Our open boats give an up-close look at the scenery, wildlife and history of Puget Sound!  A Destiny Harbor Tour brings you Up-Close and Personal with Puget Sound, Bring Your Camera!
Hood Canal - South Region

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Hood Canal Bridge
The Hood Canal Bridge is the world’s longest floating bridge over saltwater.
Suquamish

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Land In The Sky Story Pole
Near Agate Passage, not far from Old man House at Suquamish, Washington, close to the resting place of Chief Seattle, stood the imposing Land in the Sky Totem. This is the story pole that was to have been erected on the Seattle World’s Fair Grounds. Carved by Joseph Hillaire, A Lummi, on a Hoh River log, this cedar tale was accepted for Century 21 as being symbolic of the future even though it told of events in the far Indian past. Click the link to view a video about the "Land in the Sky" legend.
All Kitsap Peninsula

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Rain Shadow
As wet air moves in from the Southwest over the Pacific Ocean and up into the Olympic Mountians, moisture is dumped onto the western slopes, leaving less rain to fall on the other side of the mountains forming a rain shadow.


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What's in a name - The history of local names
Did you know that Kitsap County residents live in what was once known as Slaughter County, or that Liberty Bay was once called Dog Fish Bay? Linked is the history behind the names of many local communities and landmarks.
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