Children and loading crew with gondola railroad car, horse team, and logs to be loaded, Nelson and Company, n.d
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Darrington is a logging and sawmill community on the Sauk River nearly thirty miles east of Arlington in north central Snohomish County. It was a meeting place for Indian tribes in early days. From there five trails lead into the high mountains. Early names for this place were Sauk Portage and The Burn. The former related to a river portage and the latter to forest fires. In 1891, settlers decided on a name by flipping a card which carried the name Portage on one side and Barrington, the name of an early settler, on the other. Legend says that Barrington's name was on both sides of the card. That name won, but later became twisted to the present name when a post office was established in 1894.