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Stillaguamish Valley History

The upper Stillaguamish valley where Darrington is now located was once settled by the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe in the drainage of the Sauk, Suiattle and White Chuck rivers for many generations.  They were a people of the rivers and the mountains gathering from nature what they needed to sustain life.  Their canoes were crafted from a single cedar log and their skills at navigating the rivers with their dugout canoes is still considered legendary in the Darrington area. 
 
In 1870 a group of surveyors working for the Northern Pacific Railroad came to the area to chart a pass over the Cascade Mountains to the Wennatchee Valley and they encountered the Sauk-Suiattle tribe.  Tribal members helped them to find a pass over the mountains, but in spite of this the Northern Pacific Railway chose a route farther south.