It was loggers who settled in Silverdale in 1854. They expanded their operations into the valleys of Kitsap County, building roads as they went. By the 1880s, Scandinavian immigrants were moving into the area seeking work. As the timber production took the prime trees and opened up large areas, attention turned to farming.
Farming conditions were excellent and the family farms thrived. The Farmer's Cooperative was formed in 1887. Dairy, chicken and hog farms abounded even through the middle 20th century.
The town was named in 1878. Settler William Littlewood wanted to name the town Goldendale, but it turned out that another town bore that name. Instead of trying to find an entirely new name, he changed the "gold" to "silver" and named it Silverdale.
In the mid 1880's steamer boats began making regular trips to Seattle from the Kitsap area and by 1900 the sloop "Telka" departed Silverdale for Seattle once a week. While the Silverdale Dock was the center of entertainment and commercial trade well into the 1900s, the community remained a fairly quiet, family-oriented town. Remnants of its beginnings as an agricultural and timber center can be found at places such as the Old Mill Site on Bucklin Hill Rd.
The announcement by the Navy that it would develop its West Coast Trident Submarine Base at Bangor, caused a rush of change in the community as more people moved in to the area and businesses moved into the region to support the growing population. Several attempts towards city-hood have been defeated, leaving the community an unincorporated part of the county overseen by a Commissioner, elected to a Board of three serving from the county seat in Port Orchard.
Silverdale managed to enter the 21st century with some undeveloped land -- pastures, roaming deer and old-time barns. You can also still find a solitary, tree-lined avenue or a quiet park. In fact, relaxing spots can be found in the Silverdale waterfront park, on the Clear Creek Trail and Island Lake County park.
If you are coming from East Bremerton, then, take WA-303 north, and, when you cross over the Brownsville Hwy intersection, you will enter a short expressway with exits like Central Valley Blvd, Ridgetop Blvd etc. And, at the end of the expressway is WA-3 interchange, and also, you can take WA-3 if you are from Poulsbo. And a alternative way is that you can go on Viking Way, and go straight on Silverdale Way, and you will enter. And, also, if you are from Seabeck, Go on Seabeck Hwy, and turn left on NW Anderson Hill Road or Newberry Hill road, and if you take the Anderson Hill Road, cross over Old Frontier Rd/Provost Rd intersection, and go straight on the roundabout, after going under WA-3, and if chose Newberry Hill Road, go straight and will change on Silverdale Way NW once you pass Chico Way NW. And also, you can take the Tracyton Blvd to get there too. And Bucklin Hill Road.
The nearest airport is Bremerton National Airport, however, only for general aviation. So, if you are going to Washington via airline. Then, the best airport is SeaTac Airport, it is a 1 hour drive to get there, if you take the only way, WA-16 off of I-5.
There is a dock near Bucklin Hill Road, but however, only use for small boats. No ferries, so, the nearest ferries are the Bainbridge Island-Seattle and the Bremerton-Seattle ferry. So, you shall either choose the Bremerton one as Bremerton is near Silverdale (6 miles from Bremerton).
There are transportation of bus like Kitsap Airport bus line.
Getting around is easy, of course, that, the most places are on Ridgetop Blvd and Silverdale Way, and, is also a little town. Of course, that you can go look at the water on the road, Tracyton Blvd, because it has nice estate. And also, Mickelberry Road is also the home of the former places, Linens' n Things and Circuit City, which is closed because of bankruptcy and replaced by Goodwill. Kitsap Mall Blvd goes nearby Kitsap Mall, the only mall that is in Kitsap County. And, Ridgetop Blvd also has a lot of estates after you go under WA-303. And now, it's all about getting around.
Whaling Days - The most famous event in Silverdale is Whaling Days, and happens every July 25-27, and, the first day of the Whaling Days will show fireworks tonight, depend on the weather. And on the second day, in the morning, will be a parade. And on the last day, is nothing. It will happen possibly after July 4 in 3 weeks.
Chuck E' Cheese's - Just located next to Silverdale Way/Myhre Road intersection. Chuck E' Cheese's is a basic sit-down pizza restaurant with a lot of games, and arcades and even a TV show near SideWinder (a redemption game), it is filled with a lot of arcades with most of them developed by SEGA (Standard GAmEs). So, do this on birthdays or just for fun (if nothing is on today).
You can go to Shelton or Port Angeles, or even Port Gamble (looks like it has been in the 1940s!). And sometimes, try to go to Grand Mound as your next stop to the famous Great Wolf Lodge (a fun hotel).