The Port Ludlow Webcam shows the Hood Canal bridge which is the third longest floating bridge in the world, and the only one on saltwater. It connects Poulsbo, Kingston, and the North Kitsap Peninsula, to Port Ludlow and the Olympic Peninsula.
Port Ludlow is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,968 at the 2000 census. Originally a logging and sawmill community, its economy declined during the first half of the 20th century. Following the completion of the nearby Hood Canal Bridge in 1960, Port Ludlow became the site of resorts and planned communities, attracting more affluent residents who were retired, buying vacation homes, or were making the then more convenient commute to the business centers on the east side of Puget Sound. Based on per capita income, one of the more reliable measures of affluence, Port Ludlow ranks 16th of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked. It is also the highest rank achieved in Jefferson County. Port Ludlow's location and marina facilities make it a convenient and popular port for leisure craft sailing between Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.
United States Navy Commander Charles Wilkes led an expedition to Puget Sound in 1842 and named Port Ludlow after Navy Lieutenant Augustus C. Ludlow. English-speaking explorers commonly named sheltered inlets they identified in the Pacific Northwest with names beginning with "Port" and the communities which subsequently developed there would adopt the name of that inlet, with the name for the inlet eventually changed to distinguish it from that of the community. Thus the original "Port Ludlow" is now called "Port Ludlow Bay" and the name of the community is "Port Ludlow."
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