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City of Mill Creek to hold Historical Preservation Project ceremony

The City of Mill Creek's Art & Beautification (A&B) Board will hold a long-awaited ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the Historical Preservation Panels located on the Main Street Bridge on Thursday, October 28th at 2:00 pm.
The Big Decision: Public safety with a dedicated police force was part of the decision to incorporate. Image courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

From an October 19, 2020, City of Mill Creek press release.

The City of Mill Creek's Art & Beautification (A&B) Board will hold a long-awaited ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the Historical Preservation Panels located on the Main Street Bridge on Thursday, October 28th, at 2:00 pm.

Mill Creek's Historical Preservation Project has been a labor of love for the A&B Board since first envisioned in 2018. Although completed in 2019, the pandemic delayed production and installation of the final commemorative plaque until earlier this month.

The city first received a grant for the project in 2019 from the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission’s Community Heritage Program. The $12,500 grant funded research and design for five historical panels.

The A&B Board and city staff gathered Mill Creek history from multiple sources including: the Garhart family, Tulalip Tribes, the Mill Creek Community Association (MCCA), the city council, and Mill Creek residents.

The A&B Board identified five key themes to incorporate into a visual history of Mill Creek. The interpretive panels outline the City's history from before incorporation in 1983 through 2019 and include the following:

Living Off the Land: A look at the area before development.

From Farms to a Planned Community: Showcases early settlers and the development of a planned community.

The Big Decision: Centers on the decision to incorporate.

A Place Called Home: Shares how the City became home with schools, shopping areas, and other amenities.

Community beyond Our Boundaries: Showcases what truly makes Mill Creek a community.

Once the research phase was complete, the city applied for and was awarded a second Historic Preservation Grant in 2019 for $7,806, which went towards the design and production of the historical panels.

In the fall of 2019, the city worked with Chris Baldwin, a trusted graphic designer, to create the five large resin panels we can see today.

The city's Public Works Department installed the completed panels in winter 2020.

The Mill Creek Town Center was developed in the 1990s.

The Mill Creek Town Center was developed in the 1990s. Image courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

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