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Sauk City

An abandoned town on Skagit River below the mouth of the Sauk River in central Skagit County. It was used as a landing for river boats that brought supplies for Monte Cristo and other mining communities in the 1890s. The name is from an Indian band who lived along the river, the Sah-kee-me-hue.

Glacier-fed and silt-laden, the Sauk has its headwaters in the Glacier Peak Area far southward. Sauk Mountain (alt. 5,510), rises on the north. A ferry crossing just up river historically provided access across the Skagit River before construction of the bridge at Rockport.