Sunday, January 21, 2018
About Today's Puget Sound

Welcome to Today’s Puget Sound, formerly the Federal Way Marketplace.


Federal Way MarketPlace  was launched in December 2009 with the goal of providing local content and introducing the residential community to the business community.  Our content has always been driven by news of Federal Way and the immediate surrounding areas. 

We have talented and knowledgeable people writing about education & parenting; some of our region’s most respected experts like Amy Johnson of Diligent Joy and Morgan Griffith of Sylvan Learning Center in Federal Way.  Both Amy & Morgan dedicate themselves to guide our youth and families through challenging issues and provide real solutions.  We have always appreciated Charlie Hoff’s contribution with his very direct commentary about our education system in the City of Federal Way, State of Washington and even nationally.  Bill Pirkle’s political views have always been honest and direct. Whether you agree or disagree with his views, it creates conversation and that’s the point.

As all of our Federal Way MarketPlace visitors know, our unique position is to directly link our community website into Homeowner and Condominium Association websites. This provides local residents knowledge of their association’s connections with the local business community through our Business Directory.  We are able to accomplish this by developing and delivering Association Websites that are a management tool for Board of Directors and Property Management Companies. This helps them to effectively manage their associations and interactively communicate with their members and residents.  We now have 11 local area association websites connected to Today's Puget Sound.  

Our Association’s have grown outside of Federal Way, so we needed to grow as well.  Today's Puget Sound is more diverse and regionally positioned with expanded features for our visitors and advertisers.  As with the Federal Way MarketPlace, Today's Puget Sound is content driven with local information about the communities in Puget Sound.

We invite all of our visitors to add community events to the Puget Sound Events Calendar and participate in the The Sound,  the TPS Blog featuring education and parenting conversations lead by some of Puget Sound’s leading experts. Ask questions or comment on the ongoing topics.  Check out the Find It section where you find the locations of city halls and entertainment venues.  We don’t have them all, so tell us what’s missing and what we should add.  We just created our Facebook page so everyone can follow-us.

We’re just getting started!  We have some new features that we will be adding such as the Job Board, which will feature jobs in the surrounding areas. To all of you local businesses, we encourage you to get listed in the Puget Sound Business Directory.  We’ll give you a FREE basic listing and offer a low cost upgrade to an expanded listing.  If you want to advertise with banners, your banner will duplicate on all 12 of our websites; directly reaching the homeowners and residences in our community.  Or try our Sponsor Wall, it is pretty cool! 

For introductory offers with our banners and the Sponsor Wall advertisements, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will develop a package that is designed specifically for your business.  Thanks to all of our dedicated Federal Way MarketPlace visitors, and again, welcome to Today's Puget Sound.

The information below is a brief history and geographic details of the Puget Sound.

Name and definition – Source: Wikipedia
U.S. Coast Survey nautical chart of Puget Sound, Washington Territory, 1867
There are various definitions of the extent and boundaries of Puget Sound.
In 1792 George Vancouver gave the name "Puget's Sound" to the waters south of the Tacoma Narrows, in honor of Peter Puget, a lieutenant accompanying him on the Vancouver Expedition. The name later came to be used for the waters north of Tacoma Narrows as well.

The USGS defines Puget Sound as all the waters south of three entrances — the main entrance at Admiralty Inlet being a line between Point Wilson, on the Olympic Peninsula, and Point Partridge, on Whidbey Island; a second entrance at Deception Pass being a line from West Point, on Whidbey Island, to Deception Island and Rosario Head, on Fidalgo Island; and a third entrance at the south end of the Swinomish Channel, which connects Skagit Bay and Padilla Bay. Under this definition, Puget Sound includes the waters of Hood Canal, Admiralty Inlet, Possession Sound, Saratoga Passage, and others. It does not include Bellingham Bay, Padilla Bay, the waters of the San Juan Islands or anything farther north.

Another definition, given by NOAA, subdivides Puget Sound into five basins or regions. Four of these correspond to areas within the USGS definition, but the fifth one, called "Northern Puget Sound" includes a large additional region. It is defined as bounded to the north by the international boundary with Canada, and to the west by a line running north from the mouth of the Sekiu River on the Olympic Peninsula. Under this definition significant parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Strait of Georgia are included in Puget Sound, with the international boundary marking an abrupt and hydrologically arbitrary limit.
According to Arthur Kruckeberg, the term "Puget Sound" is sometimes used for waters north of Admiralty Inlet and Deception Pass, especially for areas along the north coast of Washington and the San Juan Islands, essentially equivalent to NOAA's "Northern Puget Sound" subdivision described above. Kruckeberg uses the term "Puget Sound and adjacent waters".

An alternative term for Puget Sound, still used by only some Native Americans and environmental groups, is Whulge (or Whulj), an Anglicization of the Lushootseed name 'WulcH, which means "Salt Water". Since 2009 the term Salish Sea has been established by the United States Board on Geographic Names as the collective waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia. Sometimes the terms "Puget Sound" and "Puget Sound and adjacent waters" are used for not only Puget Sound proper but also for waters to the north, such as Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands region.

History – Source: Wikipedia

Evening on Puget Sound by Edward S. Curtis, 1913

George Vancouver explored Puget Sound in 1792. Vancouver claimed it for Great Britain on 4 June 1792, naming it for one of his officers, Lieutenant Peter Puget.
After 1818 Britain and the United States, which both claimed the Oregon Country, agreed to "joint occupancy", deferring resolution of the Oregon boundary dispute until the 1846 Oregon Treaty. Puget Sound was part of the disputed region until 1846, after which it became US territory.

American maritime fur traders visited Puget Sound in the early 19th century.

The first European settlement in the Puget Sound area was Fort Nisqually, a fur trade post of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) built in 1833. Fort Nisqually was part of the HBC's Columbia District, headquartered at Fort Vancouver. The Puget Sound Agricultural Company, a subsidiary of the HBC, established farms and ranches near Fort Nisqually. British ships such as the Beaver, exported foodstuffs and provisions from Fort Nisqually.

The first American settlement on Puget Sound was Tumwater. It was founded in 1845 by Americans who had come via the Oregon Trail. The decision to settle north of the Columbia River was made in part because one of the settlers, George Washington Bush, was considered black and the Provisional Government of Oregon banned the residency of mulattoes but did not actively enforce the restriction north of the river.

In 1853 Washington Territory was formed from part of Oregon Territory. In 1888 the Northern Pacific railroad line reached Puget Sound, linking the region to eastern states.

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