During the early 1890’s, a mill was constructed amidst towering evergreens on a hill overlooking the Puyallup Valley. The first settlement, known as “Mill Town,” was made up of a handful of homesteaders and the lumber camp workers who furnished timber to feed the mill. The name became Milton only after the US Postal service rejected the two-word Mill Town moniker. Besides, government officials said, Washington already had one Mill Town. Residents were actually quite pleased with the change as the town was then named after the renowned poet. Today, Milton still enjoys its small town appeal. It is a quiet, peaceful community surrounded by fields, trees, open vistas and gardens. It’s quiet atmosphere offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of neighboring Tacoma, just ten minutes away.