Brief History

Located in northern Gig Harbor, Purdy is a small community. First of all, you need to see the iconic landmark “The Purdy Bridge”, it’s hard to miss. It was constructed in 1937. At that time, it was the first bridge in the US to use a reinforced-concrete box girder design. The 550 foot design, created by Homer M. Hadley, connects Purdy to Wauna and the rest of the Key Peninsula.

Therefore, please take this opportunity to drive across the bridge and enjoy a walk along the Purdy Spit beach and ultimately get a close up of the bridge. Because it is the main route to the Key Peninsula, consequently you will need to be aware of the weekday evening traffic.

While there, you can also see the area where they currently harvest japanese oysters and clams. There used to stand an oyster factory, which was built around the 1900s, by Mr. Ouellette.


Community Vibe

It truly is a quaint little area, bustling with activity. Due to the access to the unique beach area, please take a stroll down the Sand Spit and look out at views of Henderson Bay and Gig Harbor. In addition, if you are feeling hungry, Massimo Italian Grill or Dexter’s Drive-In is a great place to stop and grab a bite to eat. While there, you can also get that tomato you forgot for dinner at Local Boys Produce Stand or milk for your morning coffee at Bridgeway Market.


Helpful Links

Purdy Sand Spit

Canterwood Golf & Country Club

Tom Taylor Family YMCA


Purdy Area School Information

Searching within a 2 Mile Radius of 98332.

School NameCityGrade RangeRating
La Escuela de CID
Gig HarborPK-5
Purdy Elementary School
Gig HarborPK-58
Harbor Ridge Middle School
Gig Harbor6-87
Peninsula High School
Gig Harbor9-126