Skull Island (Washington)

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Skull Island, one of two of that name in the San Juan Archipelago in the U.S. state of Washington, is a 2.5-acre (1.0 ha) uninhabited island at the center of Skull Island State Park. It is located in Massacre Bay off the coast of Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juans. This island was named because of the skulls and bones that were found there after a band of Lummi were killed by raiding Haida in 1858.[1]

The other Skull Island in the San Juan Archipelago is located at 48°27′56″N 122°49′59″W / 48.46562°N 122.83305°W / 48.46562; -122.83305 in Mud Bay, part of Lopez Sound, between the Sperry Peninsula of Lopez Island and Fortress Island.

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  1. ^ Hitchman, Robert. Place Names of Washington. Washington State Historical Society, 1985. p. 277

Coordinates: 48°38′21″N 122°59′11″W / 48.63917°N 122.98639°W / 48.63917; -122.98639