Introduction to Lakewood, Washington
Lakewood, Washington, in Pierce county, is 31 miles S of Seattle, Washington. Lakewood was established in 1998. The landscape includes prairie, wooded areas, numerous lakes and creeks. Puget Sound is nearby. McCord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis are in the vicinity. Fort Lewis is one of the major employers in the county.
The Steilacoom and Nisqually Indians were the original inhabitants. The Hudson Bay Company was established by the British in 1833 for fur trading. Settlers arrived and established farms on the prairie. Fort Steilacoom was constructed to reduce Indian uprisings. Several mills were built during the 1850's. In the late 1800's the prairie began to be filled with homes and roads.
- Lakewold Gardens offers a view of Gravelly Lake and features a variety of attractive gardens
- Lakewood Towne Center is a popular shopping destination
- Lakewood Playhouse offers a variety of plays, musicals and comedies
- Historic Fort Steilacoom features several historic buildings
- Fort Lewis Military Museum includes tanks, a cannon and a collection of uniforms
- McCord's Air Museum showcases numerous aircraft
- Thornewood Castle is a large, impressive structure
- Lakewood History Museum
- Museum Antiques & Aviation Museum
- Mt. Rainer Scenic Railroad
American Lake is popular for picnics, boating, swimming and is utilized by sea planes. Fort Steilacoom Park features walking and bicycle trails and is situated along Waughop Lake. The Northwest Trek Wildlife Park provides opportunities to see elk, bison, big horn sheep and moose. The nearby scenic Mount Rainer National Park features an impressive volcano, numerous glaciers, waterfalls and lakes and scenic hiking trails. The Lakewood Game Refuge includes walking and bicycle riding trails. There are numerous golf courses in the area including Fort Steilacoom Golf Course, Meadow Park Golf Course, Oakbrook Golf & Country Club and Tacoma County & Golf Club.
Lakewood Higher Education
Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College, University of Washington-Tacoma Campus, Troy University, Evergreen State College, Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound are nearby.