History of Bainbridge Island

History

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Bainbridge Island is located in Puget Sound, eight miles due west of downtown Seattle, and about five miles southeast of downtown Poulsbo on the Kitsap Peninsula.

The topography of the island and its surrounding waterways was carved out by receding glaciers some 10,000 years ago; they left an island with five harbors and 14 points of land jutting into the coastal waters surrounding the island. Each point creates a shelf where food fish congregate and attract salmon. The fresh water runoff from streams and rivers mixes with saltwater (becomes brackish), preventing the corrosive atmosphere common to many islands in the Pacific.