There’s a subgroup of historical society members, who might be considered Lakewood’s version of “The Monuments Men” and women.
Their focus is to ensure that historical monuments—actually bronze markers or mini-monuments—are being placed at historical sites around the city. Maps, showing their location, are available at City Hall, at the Chamber of Commerce, and at the Lakewood Historical Museum.
A dozen of these markers—at sites such as the Safeway store in Lakewood Towne Center—once the location for Visitation Villa, and, most recently, at Historic Ft. Steilacoom, marking the location of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company—have been placed since 2002, according to Glen Spieth, LHS vice-president, who’s also a member of Lakewood’s Landmarks Commission.
Other sites include the Tacoma Speedway, Lakewold Gardens, the Ice Arena and the Old Settlers Cemetery. Upcoming placements include the Lakewood Colonial Center, The Masonic Cemetery and Thornewood Castle. Another marker at Ft. Steilacoom, this one in conjunction with the fort’s designation as an historic community, will be placed soon. Spieth said details are to be finalized at an upcoming Lakewood Council meeting.
The initial monument marker list includes about three-dozen sites, “and more are being added to the list daily,” said Spieth. Funding for this project is provided by Pierce County and the City of Lakewood, as well as individual donors. More will be completed as funding permits, he added.
Those who are interested in helping with these markers should contact Spieth at 584-3930.