We've all heard bits and pieces of how pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington as a way for three dads to entertain bored kids. The most definitive telling of pickleball's history is on USA Pickleball's website with a timeline, videos and background.
If you're interested in a shorter video (< 8 min) with photos from the 1960's and interviews with the Pritchard, Bell and McCallum families, take a look at this KOMO News (Seattle) feature! (Just click on the photo below.)
Trivia question: What member of the Steamboat pickleball community grew up playing pickleball on Bainbridge Island in the 60s? (Email email@example.com for the answer.)