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Lakewood has a richly storied history. Here you will find videos on historic places and interviews with past city leaders.

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James Richey, first mayor of the City of Lakewood (1969-1977), discusses his role in founding the city. Richey discusses Lakewood's incorporation, as well as the values, visions and personalities that have contributed to the City's growth over the decades. Recorded June 22, 2012.

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Linda Morton, Lakewood mayor from 1991-1999, talks about how she became active in politics, the art of learning how to campaign and her role as mayor. She also discusses the community of employees who helped to develop and advance Lakewood as a whole. Recorded July 13, 2012.

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Johann Cohn, a longtime civic activist in Lakewood, talks about the early development of Lakewood after its incorporation and the diverse personalities involved. Also discussed are his upbringing as a German immigrant in the 1940's and the impact of World War II on his local community. Recorded July 12, 2012.

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Bill Wilson, Lakewood city council member from 1973-1977, discusses his role in the beginning development of the city of Lakewood. Also discussed are his involvement on various local boards and commissions, as well as the changes he has witnessed over his time in Lakewood. Recorded June 22, 2012.

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Carl Neu, Lakewood city council member from 1975-1979 and chair of the Lakewood Charter Commission, discusses the original development of the city, the goals behind the charter and the incorporation of Lakewood. Also discussed are Lakewood's start as Jefferson City, and its future as a major civic, economic and social influence in the Denver metro area. Recorded July 11, 2012.

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Ray Wells, Lakewood City Manager from 1974-1978, discusses his time at the City, what led him to come to manage Lakewood, and his civic role in various regions both before and after his time in Lakewood. Also discussed is the development of Lakewood as a city in contrast to other cities he has managed. Recorded July 11, 2012.

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The May 28, 2016 rededication ceremony of a memorial honoring the 12 Lakewood high school students who died in World War II. The memorial was moved from its original location and refurbished as part of a project by Eagle Scout and Lakewood High School student Austin Reynolds.

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December 21, 2007 - A look at this Historic Farm and the impact of these 5 sisters on the history of Lakewood.

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April 29, 2013 - Former Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy's comments to the community at the Lakewood•Wadsworth Station on the first full day of W Line service.

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April 26, 2013 - Former Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy's comments at the Lakewood•Wadsworth light rail station ribbon cutting, as well as the W Line's grand opening ceremony at the Jefferson County Government Center.

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March 1, 2011 - A look at the tractors preserved at Lakewood's Heritage Center and the dedicated people who maintain them.

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January 31, 2011 - Denver once had an extensive electric rail transit system that included over 250 miles of city tracks and 40 miles of high-speed interurbans connecting Denver with Golden and Boulder. No. 25 is the last remaining, completely intact, electric railway car out of more than 250 that once served the Denver area. Join us as we take a tour of this car.

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February 9, 2007 - Jim Richey, the first mayor of Lakewood, and Louise Turner, the first city clerk of Wheat Ridge, speak about being a part of the incorporation drive for their respective cities.

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June 1, 2009 - Lakewood celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009 the City's first mayor, Jim Richey, the first woman elected to the position, Linda Shaw and one of the first City Council members, Carl Neu talk about Lakewood's early years.

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March 2, 2010 - Past mayor of Wheat Ridge Hank Stites and former city council representative of Lakewood Betty Miller discuss the challenges facing our cities.

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March 2, 2010 - First Mayor of Lakewood Jim Richey discusses the history of Lakewood, its incorporation, police department, police chiefs, city hall and more at the Belmar Library in 2003.

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November 1, 2011 - Former Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy and City Manager Kathy Hodgson talk with some of Lakewood's early council members and guiding influences. Bill Wilson, Ray Wells, Carl Neu and Johann Cohn discuss Lakewood's beginnings and how it evolved into a diverse city of 142,000 people.

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August 2, 2011 - More than 70 agents from the Lakewood Police Department have gone on to other agencies to be chiefs, sheriffs and law enforcement executives. What is it about the Lakewood Police Department that produces such exceptional leaders? Program host Ed Sardella talks with Chief Kevin Paletta and five other chiefs about the law enforcement legacy of Lakewood.