What's "Kitsap" mean, anyway?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Bain 49381

A couple of weeks ago our trio took a break from working on tunes mentioned in Wilfred Sheed's great new book about jazz songwriters of the early 20th century, The House That George Built, and our drummer Kevin nonsequently asked, "Hey Prof, what's Kitsap mean, anyway?" Since my piano is nowhere near my computer, I had to confess ignorance. Not too embarrassing, since our bassist Shel was also clueless.

So I did some hunting the next day. Turns out it's the name of a war chief that used to live about ten miles north of my front door. This guy is not to be confused with another chief named Kitsap, a leader of a different tribe on the east side of what has since been named Puget Sound. Interesting reading and something any Kitsap County resident ought to know.

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