Sauk City, Washington

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Sauk City, Washington
Sauk City is located in Washington (state)
Sauk City
Sauk City
Sauk City is located in the United States
Sauk City
Sauk City
Coordinates: 48°28′29″N 121°37′35″W / 48.47472°N 121.62639°W / 48.47472; -121.62639Coordinates: 48°28′29″N 121°37′35″W / 48.47472°N 121.62639°W / 48.47472; -121.62639
CountryUnited States
Elevation236 ft (72 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s)360
GNIS feature ID1529902

Sauk City, also known as Sauk, is a former unincorporated community in Skagit County, Washington. It was located along the Skagit River at its confluence with the Sauk River, west of the modern settlement of Rockport.

The community was founded in the 1880s as a transfer point between steamboats and a wagon road leading to the Monte Cristo mines during a gold rush. The town initially grew along the south bank of the Skagit River until a major flood in 1897 destroyed the settlement. A second town was built on the north side of the river near the site of the Great Northern Railway, which was completed in 1901 after another fire. The new Sauk City was destroyed by a second fire and it was abandoned as the area's mining and lumber fortunes dwindled in the early 20th century.[2][3]

During the early growth of the town, Sauk City was proposed as the county seat of the new Skagit County in 1891, but lost out to Mount Vernon.[2]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Densmore, Mari (October 9, 2016). "Skagit's Lost Communities: Sauk was once poised to be county seat". Skagit Valley Herald. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Jordan, Ray (1962). "Sauk City and a big load for Monte Cristo (and the Monte Cristo mining boom)". Skagit River Journal. Retrieved March 9, 2019.