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Keyport, Washington

 

Keyport, Washington

Keyport
Unincorporated community
Aerial view of Keyport looking west from Port Orchard Bay
Aerial view of Keyport looking west from Port Orchard Bay
Keyport is located in Washington (state)
Keyport
Location within the state of Washington
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Washington
County Kitsap
Population (2010)
 • Total 554
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98345
GNIS feature ID 1505963[1]

Keyport is an unincorporated community in Kitsap County, Washington, United States. The community is located at the eastern terminus of State Route 308 on the Kitsap Peninsula, 3.42 miles (5.50 km) east of Subase Bangor. Keyport's ZIP Code, 98345, had a ZCTA population of 554 at the 2010 census, in addition to a small contingent of Navy personnel.

Keyport was named for Keyport, New Jersey in 1896.[2] Its nickname is "Torpedo Town USA". Situated on a small peninsula jutting into Liberty Bay near Poulsbo, it is the home of a small United States Navy depot tasked with ranging and repairing torpedoes for the US Navy and allies.

Keyport's only church, Keyport Bible Church, was established in the early 1900s and incorporated in 1926. The church's building was dedicated May 2nd, 1937 and has since added a number of additional classrooms and a multipurpose building.[3]

Contents

  • Base name changes 1
  • Tourism 2
  • Cleanup 3
  • Climate 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Base name changes

From the earliest days (pre-Naval Base Kitsap - Keyport, similar to the other facilities in Bremerton and Bangor. However the tenant Commands remains as before (NAVSEA and NUWC). Keyport survived all these threats without closing its gates but the civilian workforce at Keyport has fallen from about 3,500 personnel in 1990 to 1,348 in 2005.

Tourism

Keyport's major tourist facility is the Naval Undersea Museum which exhibits many displays on undersea technology, including the Trieste II, which descended to 20,000 ft (6,100 m). There is also a boat dock operated by the local Port Authority. Kitsap County maintains a small county park on the beach just across SR-308 from the main gate.

The base sports a boat launch, a large picnic area on a lagoon, and a number of hiking trails on "Radio Hill" used by base employees during lunch breaks. Recreational boaters, however, are cautioned to stay at least 300 feet (91 m) away from the production area of the base.

Places to eat include the Keyport Mercantile, Casa Mexico, and the Whiskey Creek Steak House.

Cleanup

Like many American bases, the Navy base at Keyport is designated a Superfund site with four areas requiring action due to chemical contamination, including the former landfill on the western edge of the installation with the potential to contaminate neighboring well water. The chemicals of concern are chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons (CAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Treatment for CAH hot spots in the landfill is by phytoremediation (growing poplar trees). Also removal of PCB-contaminated sediments, upgrade the tide gate, upgrade and maintain the landfill cover and conduct long-term monitoring.

Climate

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Keyport has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Keyport".  
  2. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 82.  
  3. ^ "Keyport Bible Church". Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Keyport, Washington

External links

  • NUWC-Keyport
  • Census Data
  • Yahoo Maps
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