Sumner is a city in northern Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,451 at the 2010 census. Take a look below for 10 fun and fascinating facts about Sumner, Washington, United States.
1. Nearby cities include Puyallup to the west, Auburn to the north, and Bonney Lake to the east.
2. Sumner was founded in 1853 as Stuck Junction and platted in 1883 by George H. Ryan, in anticipation of a stop on the Northern Pacific Railway.
3. The town was named “Franklin” until 1891, when the Post Office Department requested that the name be changed to avoid confusion with similarly named towns.
4. The name of abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner was chosen for the town after a lottery.
5. Sumner is located at 47°12′21″N 122°14′9″W (47.205823, -122.235803).
6. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.62 square miles (19.74 km2), of which, 7.51 square miles (19.45 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.
7. After Orting, Sumner and Puyallup are geographically next in line to be hit by lahars whenever Mount Rainier erupts in the future. This is depicted in the Modern Marvels episode titled “Most Dangerous,” which shows a simulation of a lahar flooding the Orting and Puyallup Valleys from an eruption.
8. In addition to road and highway connections, Sumner is also served by Sounder commuter rail which stops at the railroad station in downtown and directly connects Sumner with much of the Puget Sound region, including Seattle and Tacoma.
9. Sumner has a branch of the Pierce County Library System.
10. Sumner hosts part of the annual four-part Daffodil Parade, which takes place every April in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting.