Ketron Island, Washington
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|Ketron Island, Washington|
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Ketron Island is an island and a census-designated place (CDP) in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The island had a population of 24 persons according to the 2000 census, and 17 persons at the 2010 census.
Ketron Island is located in southern Puget Sound just off the shoreline from Steilacoom. It lies between the mainland near the city of Steilacoom and Anderson Island near the extreme south end of Puget Sound. The island has a land area of 221 acres (0.89 km2).
The island was originally named "Kittson Island" by Charles Wilkes during the Wilkes Expedition of 1838–1842, but was misspelled "Ketron" by his cartographers. The island was named for William Kittson, an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company, who supervised the construction of Fort Nisqually in 1833 and served as its chief factor.
Ketron is accessible only by ferry. The Steilacoom/Anderson Island/Ketron Island run is the only one operated by Pierce County. The ferry service to Ketron is available four times per day. The ferry runs between 5:45 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday and to 10:30 PM on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The ferry Steilacoom II was put into service in January 2007 to work side by side with the aging ferry Christine Anderson. The Steilacoom II still serves with the Christine Anderson to transport islanders from both Ketron and Anderson Island.
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- Ocker, Kenny (August 10, 2018). "Where is Ketron Island? Who lives there?". The News Tribune. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
- "Turboprop stolen from Sea-Tac has crashed on Ketron Island in Pierce County". The News Tribune. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
- Pierce County's Ferry fleet Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
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