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UP - Stuck River Bridge

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Photo taken by K. A. Erickson

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BH Photo #341363

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Facts 

Overview
Warren pony truss bridge over Stuck River on Railroad (UP)
Location
Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1971
Railroads
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Warren pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.20947, -122.24461   (decimal degrees)
47°12'34" N, 122°14'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/557204/5228718 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sumner
Inventory number
BH 56446 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 1, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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Comments 

Stuck River Railroad Bridge
Posted June 1, 2013, by K. A. Erickson

Hey there Luke.

The Puyallup River does not fork at Sumner. It forks later past Electron.

This portion of the White River is known as the Stuck River. The flow is now "Stuck" in this direction. The Stuck River was for many years a sluggish stream originating somewhere around Algona-Pacific and heading South to the Puyallup.

The Great Water Wars around the turn of the 19th Century diverted the White, which went North to Seattle into the Green and Black Rivers. Trenches were dug and cliffs blown up as various parties tried to force the other county to accept the path of the river. The judge finally ruled it had to flow in the last direction it was diverted ... South. So the waters of the White go into the channel of the Stuck and later the Puyallup.

Union Pacific acquired this line after the demise of the Milwaukee Road.