Mill Creek Community
The Mill Creek Community is an area that surrounds the Town of Mill Creek, Oklahoma but there are no specific boundaries. To many who live in the Community it is a place they call home, a place to praise and worship God, a place to learn, a place to work, or a place to relax. It is estimated that 1,000 people live within the Mill Creek Community, with about 1/3 of those living in the city limits of the Town of Mill Creek. There are several key ingredients that serve to form the Mill Creek Community. These are listed below:
The real measure of a Community is the character of its people. The people of the Mill Creek Community, the young and the old, are coming together on a number of different fronts to make the Mill Creek Community the best place in the world to live; being a place to praise and worship God, to go to school, to work, and to be peaceful.
Although many of the inhabitants of the Community do not reside within the city limits of the Town of Mill Creek, the town is a focal point, where roads come together, where the Post Office is, where some of the Churches are, where the schools are, where the Community Center and the Senior Citizens Center are, and where the Cemetery is. The Community, at large, gets it name from the Town of Mill Creek; and with it a proud history as well.
Jobs are important to the long-term success of a Community. The Community has a long history of ranching and farming, and being on the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountain range, Mill Creek is known for the diverse mining industry that has provided jobs in the Community for decades. Over recent years new businesses have sprung up also providing new opportunities within the Community.
The teaching of our children is vital to the future of a Community. The Community is fortunate to have a modern up-to-date public school system that provides children with education and training from Head Start to 12th Grade.
At the heart of every good Community are the Churches; places where people can join in fellowship to praise and worship God. The Community is blessed with several Churches.
Work and no play is no fun they say. In the Mill Creek Community there is something for everyone, especially if one enjoys the peace and quiet atmosphere of a small rural community, devoid of all the stress that goes along with big city life. In the Mill Creek Community, one can enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, swimming, boating, sightseeing and other outdoor activities. There is always a softball tournament during the summer and the school has some awesome basketball, not to mention having some great boy’s baseball and girl’s softball games to watch.
Harold Dean Garrison, Community Historian, has written a book, MILL CREEK, The Life and Times, A Written and Pictorial History of Mill Creek, Oklahoma. In this book he writes in the Introduction, “From the diversity of its people came the strength to maintain a sense of community. These were a people who experienced life in a harsh environment but who also delighted in their progress as pioneers. Through sheer determination the town has survived to the present time while many neighboring communities have long since vanished.”
About Mill Creek’s Name (Additional Information taken from Garrison’s book)
When the first post office was established, in 1852, the original name at the 1st location of the Town of Mill Creek was Mineral Hill and was within the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. In 1855, a Treaty of Separation between the Choctaws and the Chickasaws resulted in the official recognition of the Chickasaw Nation on March 4, 1856. This series of events placed Mineral Hill within the newly formed Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory. In 1859, the Post Office changed its name to Harris Mill after Governor Cyrus Harris constructed a large grist mill on Mill Creek. In 1879, the name was again changed to Mill Creek and then in 1900 a Mill Creek Post Office was established in the new Town of Mill Creek. Then in 1902, the Town of Mill Creek, Indian Territory, was incorporated. The Town of Mill Creek became a town within the State of Oklahoma when Oklahoma became a State on November 16, 1907.”