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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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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.
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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.
Bremerton

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MV Carlisle II
Built in 1917, the MV Carlisle II is the oldest continuously operating ferry in Puget Sound and the longest continuously licensed vessel in the U.S. This foot ferry was totally overhauled in 2004 and currently operates between Bremerton and Port Orchard.


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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.


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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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Mosquito Fleet
Before the large ferries and bridges, little boats and vessels dotted the waters of Puget Sound and this is where the term "Mosquito Fleet" comes from.
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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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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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