Monthly Archives: November 2012

Beans Bight Road | Island Road History

Street of the week: Beans Bight Road

Location: Runs off Upper Farms Road, just west of Restoration Point.

History: The farmer who first claimed the land above Blakely Harbor had a name reminiscent of two foods: Reuben Bean. It’s unknown whether either snack had anything to do with his move west from Maine; Bean was killed in 1859 before he could begin using his 148.5 acres.

Thirty-one years later, the newly formed Washington State Legislature authorized the purchase of Bean’s land. The resulting Fort Ward sits upon Bean Point. It protects the island’s curving south shoreline, geographically known as a “bight.”

Sources: “Picture Bainbridge,” Jack Swanson. Published by the Bainbridge Historical Society.
“The Story of the Little Fort at Bean Point,” Ivan W. Lee, Jr. & Lois B. Lee.

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 Elinor at

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition


Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Nov. 2. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below. Read the Sun’s regional Friday preview here. Above, a still moment on Eagle Harbor Thursday after days of heavy rain. (Tad Sooter photo)

Weather: The National Weather Service is boldly predicting partly sunny skies and a high of 58 degrees for today. Expect rain to return Saturday and Sunday.

Sports: The playoffs are in full swing. Spartans swimmers take to the pool for the district prelims at 4:30 p.m. today on Mercer Island. Football visits Columbia River High at 7 p.m. tonight. Bainbridge volleyball beat Bellevue 3-0 Thursday to earn a shot against Mercer Island in the district semifinals 11 a.m. Saturday at Chief Sealth.

A long list of playoff matches are slated for Saturday. See a full sports schedule here and follow the Sun’s PrepZone page on Facebook for updates.

Around the island: 

  • Cyclists of all ages and levels are welcomed to the Farm Fresh Bike Scramble, a fundraising ride for the Gear Grinders high school mountain bike club. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Johnson Farm.
  • Pick up this week’s Islander for more event listings and tell us about your events in the comment section below.

Inside the Islander: Read about the Bainbridge bag ban and the history of Beans Bight.

The week in review: 

 Coming Up: Bainbridge Island Land Trust hopes to preserve a near-pristine shoreline property.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the week. Contact Bainbridge reporter Tad Sooter at

Police Blotter: Postal worker delivers tirade


A 55-year-old mail carrier berated a Battle Point woman who was driving her 6-year-old daughter home from a school bus stop. The carrier was later involved in a confrontation with the woman’s husband and nudged the man’s bicycle with the bumper of his mail truck.

Also this week, a 26-year-old man engaged in gauge theft, and a “Please don’t uproot my sign” note didn’t prevent a campaign sign from being uprooted.

The blotter is below: Continue reading