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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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Napoleon's Poplar Trees
In 1908 C.E. Greaves planted the original Lombardy Poplar tree that is the forerunner of the majestic stand of poplars that now towers over Silverdale. The trees are the actual cuttings of the trees whose origin were the trees that Napoleon had planted on the Isle of St. Helena when he was banished from France.


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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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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.
Hood Canal - South Region

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


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Highest point on the Kitsap Peninsula
Gold Mountain, at 1,761 feet, is the highest point on the Kitsap Peninsula. The Olympic Mountains (to the west) ranging between 7,000 and 8,000 feet, and the Cascade Mountains (to the east) including Mt Rainier at 14, 411 feet, surround the Kitsap Peninsula and contribute to our spectacular scenery.
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Kitsap, Chief Kitsap
Kitsap or Ktsap was a war chief of the Suquamish Tribe. One source says that he was the most powerful chief on Puget Sound from 1790 to 1845. Kitsap County, Washington and the Kitsap Peninsula are named for him.
Hansville

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Oldest Eagle's Nest in Washington State
The oldest documented Eagle's nest in Washington State is located near Hansville, high on the bluff overlooking Puget Sound in the Point No Point County Park.


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Wealthiest County in the United States
In the 1860's Kitsap County was the wealthiest county, per capita, in the United States. Five large lumber mills; Port Gamble, Port Madison, Port Blakely, Port Orchard and Seabeck running steady for for 25 years nourished a robust economy.
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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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