Cloquallum Creek rises in Lystair Lake and flows for 21 miles southwest, through Grays Harbor County to the Chehalis River near Elma. In 1841, the Wilkes Expedition borrowed from the word Klu-kwe-ii-ub, which was the Chehalis tribe’s name for the Quillayute Indians. The first three syllables refer to a dance performed by members of a secret society in order to gain magic power in war expeditions, and the last syllable means: “the people of.” The literal translation might be: “the people of a dangerous Being, charged with magic.” Wilkes charted the name as Kluckullum.
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