Monthly Archives: February 2013

Police Blotter: Missing man turns up naked in island hotel

Police responded to a Winslow hotel Feb. 1 where employees said a man had paid for four nights and refused to leave after his time expired. To make matters worse the man answered the door naked each time staff tried to talk with him. Police identified the unwelcome guest as a 44-year-old missing person from Wenatchee. He was transported to a Seattle hospital for evaluation.

Also this week, a valuable laser was stolen from a Wyckoff job site and a young cyclist was scraped up in a collision with an SUV.

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Island Road History | McDonald Avenue

Street of the Week: McDonald Avenue

Location: Runs north/south between Eagle Harbor Drive and Old Mill Road

History: Old McDonald had a farm, yes, but on Bainbridge Island he also owned two hotels and a popular community pavilion.

In the early twentieth century, Malcom “Mack” McDonald was one of the largest landowners in all of Kitsap County. As owner of the Port Blakely Hotel and Pleasant Beach Hotel, McDonald was a well-known leader in the island’s community.

McDonald’s Pleasant Beach Hotel featured more than 20 rooms, a bowling alley, a saloon, a swimming pool and a bathhouse.

The posh hotel was, as the name may suggest, adjacent to a rather pleasant beach. The hotel’s large pavilion and picnic grounds covered 30 acres, an expansive property which drew huge crowds throughout the year and particularly during sunny summer months.

Pleasant Beach’s beautiful location, delicious food and wide variety of fun activities contributed to its widespread reputation as the Coney Island of the Puget Sound.

Locals and tourists alike would arrive by boat at the hotel’s lengthy deck. Many traveled across the Sound to see the famed hotel and equally well-known grounds.

Visitors frequently shipped in from Seattle, Port Orchard and even as far south as Tacoma. Crowds of more than 2,000 were known to swing by during the course of a single day.

The Pleasant Beach Hotel’s pavilion was also popular among locals, and it became famous for hosting prize fights. One story about a world championship fight shares the adventure of several ambitious but shortsighted sailors who climbed to the very top of the pavilion. Hoping for a bird’s eye view of the excitement below, they tore shingles off the roof—and promptly fell into the crowd below.

McDonald’s personal home was nearly as impressive as his hotel holdings. The family ranch in Eagledale featured a large house, several barns and many acres under cultivation.

There was even room to spare. In the early 1900s, McDonald donated part of the land for the amptly named McDonald School. It was located on the corner of what are now McDonald Avenue and Eagle Harbor Drive.
The McDonald School was built in 1905 and enlarged a decade later. Generations of children from all over Bainbridge Island received an education at the school until it eventually closed in 1940.

Source: “Bifocals,” Elsie Frankland Marriot, Gateway Printing Col., Seattle, 1941.

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

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition


Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Feb. 1. Feel free to give your own event a plug in the comment section below. Above, the Sing Out! community choir performs at last year’s event. Sing Out! returns Saturday. Details below. (Tad Sooter, file photo)

BI.cover.2.1Weather: The National Weather Service is feeling optimistic about our weekend. Patchy fog and sun are expected today and Saturday, followed by a cloudy Sunday. Rain should return early next week.

Sports: No home action for the Spartans today. Boys swimming competes in the Metro League championships in Seattle this afternoon and Saturday. Gymnastics rolls into the Metro championships at Roosevelt today.

Wrestling has a conference meet at Nathan Hale today and Saturday. The boys and girls basketball teams are away at Lakeside this evening.

See a full Spartans schedule here and follow the Sun’s Prepzone on Facebook for updates.

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