Frog Rock celebrates 40 years

Frog Rock, the iconic Bainbridge landmark, turns 40 years old this month. - Courtesy Photo
Frog Rock, the iconic Bainbridge landmark, turns 40 years old this month.
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When a group of islanders decided on the name “Frog Rock Forum” for a resiliency symposium, they put in a call to island resident Bob Green.

It was June 6, 1971, when Green and high-school-sweetheart-now-wife Ellen Barnes covered over a purple rock that proclaimed, “NK lives!” Ech.

At 3:30 a.m. that Sunday, after Big Bear Drive-in let out, the two sought to reclaim the paired boulders, inadvertently creating a landmark that would stand the test of time — 40 years’ worth, in fact.

“It’s been tagged from time to time,” Green said. “We had to erase a mustache recently.”

It came close to being a duck, Green said, although Duck Rock just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

The original paint came from Winslow Hardware, but Winslow Paint has stepped up, even creating a “Frog Rock Green” in its database of colors.

The icon is featured on and as part of Kitsap Tours. Frog Rock even has its own Facebook page.

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