Stuck River (Washington)

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The Stuck River in Washington state is a former small stream turned distributary and later final course of the White River, near Auburn to the Puyallup River at Sumner. The river's name comes from the Lushootseed word /stéq/, "log jam", or /stəx̣/, "gouged through",[1][2] or "plowed through".[3]

Throughout the late 19th century, farmers in the valley attempted various flood control efforts that eventually allowed the White River to partially flow into the Stuck River in 1899. In 1906, a great flood diverted the White River's entire flow into the Stuck River. The entire length of the former Stuck is now considered the final reach of the White River, though the Stuck River name still appears on many maps, in local place names, and in legal descriptions of property near the river.

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  1. ^ Bright, William (2007). Native American placenames of the United States. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 463. ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4.  online at Google Books
  2. ^ "Archaeology of the White River Valley". White River Journal, A Newsletter of the White River Valley Museum. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Stuck". Washington Place Names database. Tacoma Public Library. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 

Coordinates: 47°12′09″N 122°15′00″W / 47.20250°N 122.25000°W / 47.20250; -122.25000