Northwest NEWS

January 31, 2000

Local News

Trib 90 may become Derby Creek

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--The Woodinville City Council agreed with the Parks and Recreation Commission's proposal to change the name of Tributary 90 to Derby Creek. City staff will now submit the name to the state Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) for approval.

   The name change will aid the city and state in reference to the upcoming work at the Hollywood intersection of SR-202 and 148th Ave. NE, Parks Director Lane Youngblood told the Council. The project might involve changing the course of the creek.

   The Commission drew on city, county, and state data, community reconnaissance, and meetings with the Woodinville Historical Society searching for the creek's most historically significant name. Evidence submitted by Woodinville Historical Society president Gladys Berry showed that area had long been called Derby, Washington, with a school district and post office of that name.

   The Society's book, Village in the Woods, includes a postcard on pages 64-65 with a postmark of "Derby, Wash." from Dec. 21, 1909. A mimeograph of the inside cover of a copy of Gulliver's Travels reads "Property of School Dist. No. [unclear], Derby, Wash."

   Rose Weiss of Redmond, whose letter to the city last June also recommended Derby Creek, said she "was born in 1918 in what was then called Hollywood, Washington." She confirmed that the area was called Derby in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

   Other names considered by the Parks Commission were Hollywood Creek and DeYoung Creek. At the Council's Jan. 18 study session, Councilmember Scott Hageman said, that with all due respect to Hollywood district businesses, he's never been comfortable with the "Hollywood" name of the district, citing an association with the California name that doesn't fit Woodinville's character. No one had an answer to Councilmember Barbara Solberg's question about the Hollywood name's origins.

   City Resolution No. 166 authorizes the Parks and Recreation Commission to forward names for waterways to the Council, which forwards it to DNR's Board of Geographic Names. That research body verifies submitted materials, checks for conflicts, affirms the acceptability of the name by a survey of key Woodinville figures, such as librarians, local historians, and the group submitting the name. If the name is found acceptable, they then forward the recommendation to a national board, which holds another round of interviews and research, before the name finally becomes official.