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Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island is a city in Kitsap County, Washington, United States, and the name of the island in Puget Sound on which the city is situated. The population was 23,025 at the 2010 census, making Bainbridge Island the second largest city in Kitsap County.

In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine named Bainbridge Island the second-best place to live in the United States.

In August 2013, Bainbridge Island was recognized by Google with an eCity Award. This award recognizes the strongest online business community in each state.

In 1792 George Vancouver spent several days with his ship HMS Discovery anchored off Restoration Point at the southern end of Bainbridge Island while boat parties surveyed other parts of Puget Sound. Vancouver spent a day investigating Rich Passage, Port Orchard, and Sinclair Inlet. He failed to find Agate Passage and so his maps show Bainbridge Island as a peninsula. Vancouver named Restoration Point on May 29, the anniversary of the English Restoration, in honor of King Charles II.

In 1841, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Charles Wilkes visited the island while surveying the Northwest. Lt. Wilkes named the island after Commodore William Bainbridge, commander of the frigate U.S.S. Constitution in the War of 1812. Bainbridge Island was originally a center for the loggingand shipbuilding industries. The island was known for huge and accessible cedars, which were especially in demand for ships' masts. The original county seat of Kitsap County was at Port Madison on the north end of the island.

The first generation of Japanese immigrants, the Issei, came in 1883. During World War II, Japanese-American residents of Bainbridge Island were the first to be sent to internment camps, an event commemorated by the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, which opened in 2011. They were held by the U.S. government through the duration of the war for fear of espionage. Many Filipinos who assisted the Japanese farmers were left to operate the strawberry fields, which they did successfully. Filipino farmers went north to locate First Nations families to work in the fields. Many romances arose from the berry fields and the birth of the Indo-Pinos emerged.

The city of Bainbridge Island has occupied the entire island since February 28, 1991, when the former City of Winslow (around 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of land on Eagle Harbor, incorporated August 9, 1947) annexed the rest of the island. Since the 1960s, Bainbridge Island has become an increasingly affluent bedroom community of Seattle, a 35-minute ride away on the Washington State Ferries. The community has been especially concerned with preserving green space and keeping a tight control over development, both residential and commercial. The Bainbridge Island Land Trust, city and park district are instrumental in maintaining island open space.

In 2001, Bainbridge Island Little League were represented in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania at the Little League World Series.

Sports programs are highly successful. The island's high school lacrosse team is known for numerous state titles, the most recent coming on May 19, 2007 over rival Mercer Island. The island's high school sailing team has been the reigning Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association district double handed team racing champions for the past five seasons and is ranked 12th in the nation. In 2009 the Bainbridge High School Fastpitch team won the Washington 3A State Title. The team also played in the championship game in 2010.

Bainbridge Island has four centers of commerce on the island. Winslow is the downtown core and contains the majority of shopping and dining. Lynwood Center on the west side of the island has several restaurants and a small hotel. Fletcher Bay which is centrally located has a small grocery store and one restaurant. Finally Rolling Bay on the east side of the island is a small commercial center with Bay Hay and Feed, the Bud Hawk Post Office and several commercial shops.

"Ferry Wenatchee enroute to Bainbridge Island WA" by Tobias Eigen from Bainbridge Island, USA - Wenatchee enroute to Bainbridge Island. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ferry_Wenatchee_enroute_to_Bainbridge_Island_WA.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ferry_Wenatchee_enroute_to_Bainbridge_Island_WA.jpg

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