There was never a Lakewood, Colorado—at least not until the 1969 incorporation. There was Maple Grove Washington Heights, Bear Creek, Mountair, Montana, Kendalvue, Bancroft, Vasquez, Daniels Park, and two Lakewoods. These are only some of the communities located in the 40-plus square miles that encompass today’s Lakewood. The comment that Lakewood suffers from an identity crisis is often heard, and it is blamed on the city’s gradual evolution from a handful of neighborhoods, it is also attributed to the absence if a recognized, cohesive downtown. City officials at the end of the 20th century attempted to create a downtown Lakewood through planned development. But such developments of the new urbanism lacked a feeling of permanence, pride of place, and history. To read more click here.
Information gathered from internet information and Images of American, Early Lakewood by Robert and Kristen Autobee with Lakewood’s Heritage Center
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