All Over The Map: San Juan Islands residents seek to rename passage honoring notorious Army officer

It’s not as well-known as the Strait of Juan de Fuca or Admiralty Inlet, but a group of residents of the San Juan Islands believe that the time has come to rename a stretch of Washington state saltwater known as Harney Channel.

Harney Channel is a passage that lies between Orcas Island and Shaw Island in the eastern part of the San Juans, and is “about a half-mile in width and roughly two miles long” according to materials prepared by name-change proponents Ken Carrasco and Stephanie Buffum. The channel is named for 19th century military figure General William S. Harney of the U.S. Army. “Harney Channel” has been printed

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