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Although settled in the mid-1860s, Lakewood waited to incorporate until 1969, when its population was 90,000. It was instantly the third largest city in Colorado and had it all. Lakewood even had progressive ideas for government from a nonmilitarized police department to incorporation of the patchwork of existing sewer, water, fire protection, and park districts. And if it did not exist, Lakewood's community-minded citizens created organizations, committees, and associations, like the historical society and Lakewood on Parade, to fill the need. This can-do entrepreneurial spirit makes Lakewood a livable, small-town, "All-America" city.
ISBN: 9781467133982
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of Modern America
Images: 128
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Robert and Kristen Autobee explain how Lakewood grew through this collection of images from private collections, organizations, and the Lakewood Heritage Center. Lakewood native and author Robert Autobee has worked as a historian for both state and federal agencies. Coauthor Kristen Autobee is a former museum curator and a local historian. The Autobees are currently research associates with Morgan, Angel & Associates and are active in the Lakewood Historical Society and local preservation efforts.
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