Heritage Lakewood is home to more than 30,000 historical objects and more than 3,000 historical photographs, including the popular Interurban Car No. 25.
These artifacts and photographs tell the story of the City of Lakewood, Jefferson County and Colorado and national and world events as they relate to Lakewood residents.
The objects are listed within an online database. Select pieces of the collection can be viewed in exhibits within the center or during annual open houses.
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The Purpose of the Collection
The artifacts housed at Heritage Lakewood are a link to our past. We collect these artifacts to preserve, study and interpret the past. By examining these artifacts, we can discover information about our past and our place in history. These artifacts give evidence of what people did, how events unfolded and what people thought.
What is Collected
These artifacts cover, but are not limited to, the history of 20th century business and technology, textiles and personal artifacts, toys, military life, domestic life and material culture.
20th Century Collections
The 20th century spans decades of unique history and major social change in the United States and the world. The collection includes many items relevant to all Americans. Artifacts such as a LIFE® Magazine linked us to the social and political events of the time while May Bonfils-Stanton’s dishes give a glimpse into her life. These unique collections allow visitors to walk down memory lane, look back at their childhood and reminisce about what life was like during the 20th century.
50 Objects for Lakewood's 50th Anniversary
Access the database to view “50 Objects for Lakewood’s 50th Anniversary,” a selection of objects from the permanent collection that are significant to Lakewood history and relate to the museum’s interpretive themes. This project kicks off a larger digitization effort, for which staff will be adding additional artifacts to the online database every month during 2019.
Share Your Story
We would love to have you join us in adding context to these objects! If you see an object in the online database that you recognize, or a person you know in a photograph, please contact us at CaiLew@lakewood.org or 303-987-7878 to add more information to the entry.
Interurban Car No. 25
Denver once had an extensive electric rail transit system that included over 250 miles of city tracks and 40 miles of high-speed interurban railcars connecting Denver with Golden and Boulder. Thousands of riders used the system to visit downtown Denver and its venues for shopping, going to work and school, seeing friends, and for recreation.
Rich in local history, Car No. 25 was built by Denver’s own Woeber Carriage Company and placed into service on February 17, 1911. Car No. 25 was one of seven cars that provided passenger service on the Denver & Intermountain Interurban’s 13-mile Denver-Lakewood-Golden line from 1911 to 1950. With the proliferation of the automobile and a new bus system, rail transit service was abandoned in 1950.
Beginning in 1988, the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club Historical Foundation embarked on a 22 year restoration project, involving 500+ donors and 96 volunteers contributing 24,000 hours toward the restoration of Car No. 25.
No. 25 is the last remaining, completely intact, electric railway car that once served the Denver area. As an exquisitely restored piece of history, Car No. 25 is listed on both the State Register of Historic Properties and the National Register of Historic Places.
Car No. 25 is currently stored at the Denver Federal Center with limited public access. An open house takes place annually in the summer.