Manchester, Washington

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Manchester is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kitsap County, Washington, United States. The population was 4,958 at the 2000 census.

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History

Manchester was established in the 1860's and was originally known as Brooklyn, after the borough in New York City. The name was changed to Manchester in 1892 in honor of the city of Manchester, England. Like many communities in Puget Sound, Manchester was originally only accessible by boat. After a permanent dock was built in 1908, regular steamboat service connected Manchester to nearby communities like Colby, Southworth, and Harper, and to Seattle across the water. Ferry service was discontinued in 1949 and has never resumed.

In 1940, the US Navy built a pier nearby for refueling ships. The fuel pier saw heavy use during World War II, and still operates today.

In 1953, the library in Manchester was slated for destruction. The town pulled together and a new library was constructed in 1954. This spirit dominates Manchester today. Today, Manchester is known for its excellent views of Seattle, Mt. Rainier, and Puget Sound, its public boat launch, community events like fireworks on the Fourth of July, Mother's Day, and New Years Day, a boat parade on the opening day of boating season, salmon bakes at the Manchester library, and more,

Geography

Manchester is located at 47°33′08″N 122°33′00″W / 47.552305°N 122.549984°W / 47.552305; -122.549984Coordinates: 47°33′08″N 122°33′00″W / 47.552305°N 122.549984°W / 47.552305; -122.549984 (47.552305, -122.549984).[3]

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