Mill Creek is a growing community located just east of Lynnwood along the I-5 corridor in Snohomish County. It is home to a diverse population of 18,700.
The City of Mill Creek is a part of a larger vision that has been developing since the 1950s, though its name has varied from that of the home of the Greek gods (Olympus) to the Chinook Indians' idea of open, free and outdoors (Klahanie).
In 2000, the city was successful in officially designating a small creek, locally referred to as Smokehouse Creek, as Mill Creek. The idea for establishing an official name for the creek was generated by the Mill Creek city council. Because the creek flows through the Town Center site (then undeveloped), they reasoned, it should be given a name that complements the Town Center and establishes a namesake for the city. After some discussion, it was decided that the creek should be named Mill Creek. City planners appeared before the State Board of Geographic Names, and in December 2000, the city's request to name the creek Mill Creek was approved.
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