Maple Valley, WA was rated by Family Circle Magazine in 2011 as one of the top 10 towns in the US for families. Settlement in the area began in 1879 when three men who were improving a trail brought their families in. When it was time to choose a name for the future community, two names were proposed. The names proposed were: Vine Maple Valley and Maple Ridge. A vote was taken by writing the names on slips of paper and placing them in a hat. Vine Maple Valley won by a 3/2 vote. Someone at the post office decided that Vine Maple Valley was too long and the name was shortened to Maple Valley. I was surprised to learn that the post office could arbitrarily change the name of a community.
"So, what's in a name?" you may