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Kitchen Dick Road

Between Sequim and Port Angeles US Route 101 intersects one of the most weirdly named roads in the country; Kitchen Dick Road.


The origins of the "Kitchen Dick" part of Kitchen Dick Road are unknown.  However, give that Kitchen Dick Road happens to intersect Woodcock Road north of US 101 it would seem likely the naming is intentional.  Kitchen Dick Road is a north/south road approximately 3 miles in length which ends at the Dungeness County Park.  A Google Street View image of Kitchen Dick Road and Woodcock Road can be found here:

Kitchen Dick and Woodcock

I first spotted Kitchen Dick Road while visiting Olympic National Park in 2015.  I vaguely recalled it being present in 2018 when I noticed it on my GPS.  Apparently the junction of Kitchen Dick Road and Woodcock Road is popular not only for photos but for theft as well.  A Kitchen Dick Road sign appeared on eBay earlier this year but had a high sale price nearing $200 dollars.

Update 5/27/18:  I was provided some links to the Sequim area from; 1940, 1970 and 1995 by NE2 of AAroads which provide insight about where naming of Kitchen Dick Road likely came from.

On this 1940 map there is a plot of land owned by a "W. Dick" on what is now Kitchen Dick Road.  Incidentally there is also a land owner by the name of "Sam Woodcock" along what is now Woodcock Road.

1940 Sequim Historical Map

In 1970 Kitchen Dick Road is shown as "Dick Lane."  There is also a small plot of land at Dick Lane and US 101 owned by "D.B. Kitchen."

1970 Sequim Historical Map

In 1995 Kitchen Dick road was known as "Bill Dick Road."

1995 Sequim Historical Map

Comments

Unknown said…
Hi! The road was actually named for the two families that lived on opposite ends of the road. Hello from the dick half of the name :)
AHURA-MAZDA said…
That fits with what I heard from the Kitchen family. When I was in FFA I use to buy my Steers from them. Though she did say it was originally Kitchen but to honor both families Dick was added.

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