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Port Gamble

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First U.S. Navy battle death in the Pacific
Haida raiders kill Gustave Englebrecht, first U.S. Navy battle death in the Pacific, at Port Gamble on November 21, 1856.


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Weather
Weather on and around the Kitsap Peninsula varies greatly due to the mountains, water and other influences.


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Northernmost point on Kitsap Peninsula
Foulweather Bluff is the northernmost point on the Kitsap Peninsula and despite its name, enjoys the effects of the rain shadow and receives less rain than the rest of the peninsula.


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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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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.


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Straights of Juan de Fuca
An inlet of the Pacific Ocean, named for a sailor, Juan de Fuca, who reputedly had explored it for Spain in 1592.
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.
All Kitsap Peninsula

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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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Treaty of Point No Point, 1855
Signed at Point No Point, the tribes of the northern Kitsap Peninsula ceded ownership of land in exchange for small reservation and hunting and fishing rights.
Suquamish

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Chief Seattle
Chief Seattle, a hereditary leader of the Suquamish Tribe. . .
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