Bothell

Bothell is a city located in King and Snohomish Counties in the State of Washington. It is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. Based on per capita income, Bothell ranks 78th of 614 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.

Mill Creek

Mill Creek is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. It is located approximately 20 miles north-northeast of downtown Seattle and is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. The 2010 census population was 18,244. Mill Creek was originally a planned community built around a golf course and country club as its centerpiece.

Based on per capita income, Mill Creek ranks 55th of 614 areas in the state of Washington.

Bothell

Prior to European settlement, the Sammamish River Valley from Lake Washington to Issaquah Creek south and upstream of Lake Sammamish was inhabited by a population of as many as 200 Native Americans known as the Sammamish. The Sammamish were relocated after the Puget Sound War in 1856 to reservations and non-reservation lands.

In 1870, Columbus S. Greenleaf and George R. Wilson filed land claims in the area formerly inhabited by the Sammamish near present-day Bothell, and built homes. Eight families followed over the next six years. In 1876, Canadian George Brackett bought land and began commercial logging out of a camp located on the north bank of the Sammamish River in what is now the heart of downtown Bothell. A store, school, and sawmill followed over the next several years.

In 1885, Brackett sold 80 acres (32 ha) to David Bothell, a settler from Pennsylvania. The town’s first postmaster, who bought his property from Bothell, named the town in his honor in 1888. Later that same year, a local railroad was built through the town to transport coal from Issaquah. Bothell was officially incorporated on April 14, 1909.

Bothell continued to grow as logging expanded and boat traffic brought increasing amounts of goods and passengers up and down the river. As more people moved into the area, the Army Corps of Engineers decided to dredge and straighten the river in the years shortly after Bothell’s incorporation. Most boat traffic came to an abrupt end only a few years later when Lake Washington was lowered in 1917. Water transport also shifted to trucks after a brick road was built from Seattle. The logging economy declined quickly around the same time, and the local economy shifted to farming.

After World War II, better highways and a post-war boom brought suburban development to Bothell. These new neighborhoods and a series of annexations dramatically expanded Bothell’s population from about 1000 in 1950 to over 30,000 as of 2006. Bothell was mostly a bedroom community for people working in Seattle until the 1990s when business development brought new jobs to create a regional employment center with about 20,000 jobs, many in high technology sectors such as biotechnology and software development. In 1990, a campus of the University of Washington opened in Bothell.

In 2010, the city of Bothell began a $150 million program to redevelop downtown, including the demolition of 15 buildings, moving State Route 522, expanding the Bothell–Everett Highway, expanding a city park, and expanding the city hall.

A major fire in downtown broke out at the Mercantile Building on July 22, 2016, and damaged and closed more than 20 businesses. The fire dealt a blow to the redevelopment program and required state aid for rebuilding.

Mill Creek

Mill Creek was officially incorporated on August 30, 1983. The city has rapidly grown with large number of families and jobs and now contains a mixed-use, city-sponsored complex called Mill Creek Town Center. Before the turn of the 21st century much of Mill Creek was woods, but recently many apartment complexes have been built all along Bothell-Everett Highway and some other roads throughout the city. This has attributed to a much larger High school, going from a 2A school at its inception (1994) to a 4A school at around 2,000 students. It contains a large part of the green belt in the south-eastern part of town.

Bothell

Bothell is a geographical oddity in that it straddles two counties (King County and Snohomish County). Because most streets in Bothell are numbered and not named, streets that cross the county line often change numbers. For example, 104th Avenue NE in King County becomes 23rd Avenue SE when it crosses into Snohomish County.

Mill Creek

Several creeks flow through the city, including North Creek, Penny Creek, and Nickel Creek. There is also a creek located entirely within city limits called Mill Creek, though it was not officially given this name until 2001. Prior to that, it was known informally as Smokehouse Creek.

Bothell

Bothell is home to Cascadia College and the University of Washington, Bothell. The two institutions share the same campus, which opened in the year 2000. In 2014 the University of Washington Bothell was ranked #37 in the nation among all colleges and universities by Money Magazine and was ranked 6th in the Nation by Washington Monthly in their “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings of colleges and universities. After becoming accredited in 2006 Cascadia College was named the second best community college in the nation, behind Atlanta Technical College.

Schools for Bothell students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are part of the Northshore School District while private schools include Heritage Christian Academy serving kindergarten through 9th grades. Schools in Northshore School district include Fernwood Elementary, Crystal Springs Elementary, Canyon Creek Elementary, Shelton View Elementary, Westhill Elementary, Lockwood Elementary, Frank Love Elementary, Maywood Hills Elementary, Woodmoor Elementary, Woodin Elementary, Northshore Junior High School, Canyon Park Junior High School, Skyview Junior High School, Bothell High School, Inglemoor High School, and Secondary Academy for Success. North Creek High School opened in the North Creek area of the city in 2017.

Mill Creek

Elementary schools near the city include Mill Creek Elementary, Cedarwood Elementary, Penny Creek Elementary, Woodside Elementary, and Forest View Elementary school.

Heatherwood Middle school is the local secondary school along with Gateway Middle school which is located just outside city limits.

Mill Creek is also home to Henry M. Jackson High School. All schools are part of the Everett School District.

Civic events

  • The City of Bothell Freedom Festival, a two-day festival celebrating American Independence, including an annual Fourth of July parade and a reenactment of the Battle of Concord on the Bothell Landing Bridge.
  • The Music in the Park concert series, every Friday in July and August at Bothell Landing Amphitheater.
  • Greater Bothell Arts & Crafts Fair
  • City of Bothell Riverfest
  • The Summits of Bothell bike ride
  • La Fiesta Viva!, a celebration of Latino cultural heritage, at Country Village.
  • Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Carving, at Country Village.
  • Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival, at Bothell Landing.
  • The Bothell Farmer’s Market at Country Village.

Sports

Bothell’s Pop Keeney Stadium hosts games for several local high schools, including Inglemoor, Woodinville, and Bothell High Schools, even though the stadium was originally Bothell High School’s and serves as its most important tenant. Football games at Pop Keeney have become major cultural and, to an extent, spiritual, gatherings for the community.

In November 2006, Bothell High School’s football team tied the national record for most overtime periods (9) in a quarter-final game against Pasco, which they won 43-40. The previous record was set in Michigan in 1977, between Southeastern (Detroit) and Northeastern, with Southeastern winning, 42-36. The team also had its first appearance in the state finals later that same season, which resulted in defeat to Oak Harbor High School.
The Bothell hockey club won the Washington High School Hockey League D2 State Championship in 2006 and 2007.
In 2007 the Bothell High School baseball team made it to state playing at Safeco Field. They recorded a 4th-place finish.

In 2009 the Bothell Alumni club raised money to get a state of the art scoreboard for Pop Keeney Stadium. In 2009 it was installed, only the 2nd in the state of Washington of its type.

Bothell High School’s football team has made it to the 4A State Championship at the Tacoma Dome three times, winning it all in 2014.

In August 2009, the Ruiz-Costie/Northshore Pool was mothballed pending a new operator. A new aquatic center may replace it, as part of Bothell’s core redevelopment.

In February 2006, Bothell High School’s gymnastics team won the 4A State Championships, topping off an undefeated season.

In May 2011, Bothell High School’s Varsity baseball team won the 4A State Championships.

In the 2014-2015 school year, Bothell High School’s varsity football team won State Championships.

Mill Creek contains several neighborhood and community parks and recreational facilities, including Nickel Creek Park, Heron Park, Highland Park, Cougar Park, and the Mill Creek Sports Park. There is also the private golf course around which the original community was built, as well as a nature preserve through which Penny Creek flows. County parks located near the city include McCollum Park and North Creek Park.

In addition to parks, the city has various public and private walking and cycling trails. The major public trail is the North Creek Trail which runs from McCollum Park south to 164th Street SE and approximately parallels North Creek.

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