Island Road History | Ericksen Avenue

Street of the Week: Ericksen Avenue

Location: Runs north/south between Winslow Way and Wallace Way

History: At one point last century almost half of the crew at the Eagle Harbor shipyard had parents who hailed from or who were themselves born in Scandinavia.

Although each man had his own unique background, the group shared similar roots in the countries of Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Besides working together, several of the men were also neighbors living along Ericksen Avenue. It was a good move since the street was named for their boss, shipyard foreman Chirstian Ericksen.

Sources: “BIMH Museum News,” May 2012.

Guest Contributor John Quitslund, “Winslow in 1930: Insights from Census Data,” pages 6 and 7.

This occasional Islander series explores the history of island street names, as compiled by Elinor Ringland and fellow Bainbridge Island Historical Society volunteers.  If you have an island road story to share, email Ringland at