Our beautiful hometown has undergone some big changes over the years. Some of them involve city boundaries, and not long ago there was an important adjustment with the incorporation of a new city. However, the area had been around already for a long time and is known for the canyon perched above it as well as great neighborhoods and schools. This is Millcreek, and it’s known beyond the locality for great reasons.
The area used to simply exist as a township, but several years ago was incorporated as a city, and is the newest one in Utah as of this writing. There are four areas within Millcreek itself: East Millcreek, Millcreek, Canyon Rim, and Mount Olympus. No longer simply a township of Salt Lake City, Millcreek sits with Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake to the north, West Valley and Taylorsville to the West, and Murray and Holladay to the south. The Wasatch Mountains, including Mount Olympus and Millcreek Canyon, sit to the east.
Millcreek does sit at the axis of a great amount of access around the Wasatch Front. It has three freeways (I-15, I-215, and I-80) which run through its boundaries, and there is a TRAX station near the western side which also provides bus access to the heart of the city itself. For this reason, Millcreek is primarily residential with businesses to the north and the south.
For much of its history, Millcreek was not well-inhabited by Salt Lake valley residents, but after World War II the population shifted south of Salt Lake itself. The views and quieter proximity became a draw, and to this date Millcreek has some of the best sunset vistas around the Wasatch, with homes up on the hills overlooking the valley. The area continues to grow, with census counts showing the population over 60,000 people as of 2010.
It’s not just known as a place to live: Millcreek is also a place to get outside and engage in recreation. At the heart of this is Millcreek Canyon, which is a popular hiking spot in Salt Lake County. Complete with picnic tables, camping, and bike-friendly trails, it’s a little slice of outdoor heaven near Mount Olympus that is easily accessed from the bustling city merely minutes away.
And what about the people? It only takes one resident to make a resounding impact on the world, but Millcreek was home to two. Most have probably never heard of the first, but most everybody in the modern era is familiar with headphones. These devices, as we know them today, stemmed from a kitchen table invention by Nathaniel Baldwin. Today they are plugged into i-everything, but Baldwin’s invention began use with the military. The modern-day variants include not only the Baldwin-styled traditional over-the-ear headphone, but also the smaller and sleeker earbud which tucks into the ear canal.
The other notable Millcreek resident, born and raised on a farm in the East Millcreek portion, was Gordon B. Hinckley, who served as the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. Passing away at the age of 97 in 2008, Hinckley was known as the eldest Church president in its history, who also presided over the LDS Church surpassing its goal of building 100 temples by the end of the 2000s. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Hinckley was known for being warm, funny, and genuine. He attended the University of Utah and received many educational honors from other institutions.
Millcreek is an area which VIP Limousine travels to, and traverses, very often. However, we believe it is an area not to be overlooked, with great natural beauty and a cool history. At the very least, it’s worth checking out the canyon.