a newspaper article on Lakewood's incorporation dating from 1954

Lakewood’s incorporation in 1954 began a daring experiment in community building that benefited from the commitments Lakewood residents made to their community, as well as from the foresight of Lakewood’s original developers.

Lakewood’s incorporation also began a new era for local governments in California and throughout the nation. The reason was Lakewood’s innovative “contract plan” for municipal services.

Lakewood's place in the development of suburban Southern California and the dramatic changes that followed incorporation are told in Lakewood's history and in a collection of more than 200 historical photographs and documents.

These links will take you to:

• The Lakewood Story: History, Traditions, and Values

• Historical Photography Collection

• Documents of Lakewood History