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Lacey was settled by Isaac and Catherine Wood in 1853, later consolidating with Chambers Prairie in the 1950s. The main industries of this town were cattle, milk, and forest products like logging, a tradition that still continues today. However, over time, Lacey evolved to be known as a commuter town, but then further developed into a city known for its community groups and population growth. Lacey is the 12th city to be designated a certified “Green Power Community” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and because 5% of its total energy use is derived from green power sources, it seeks to continue working to meet its Alternative Energy Initiative. At first glance, Lacey seems like a newer community, but it was actually a thriving town featuring a train station and nationally-renowned horse racing facility hundreds of years ago.
Pacific Northwest Art
To complement the assortment of outdoor excursions, explore Lacey’s cultural character any day of the week and any season of the year. Take a night out on the town to stroll through downtown’s historic main street and enjoy a concert in the park under the stars. The city is known locally for the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival, a variety of seasonal jazz festivals, the Polar Bear Plunge to celebrate the New Year, and the Spring Fun Fair characterized by its old-fashioned county fair style. There are festivals, celebrations, giveaways all year round to appeal to kids, adults, and the entire family.
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In order to raise awareness of the many talented artists residing in the region, the Lacey Museum seeks to preserve a rich interpretation of the city's history through its exhibitions and featured publications. The museum is comprised of both permanent and rotating exhibits that highlight periods of the city's past, ranging from the pioneer-era of the 1850s to the more local university's tower bell that was made in 1913. Continued research on the city's geography and roots make museum visits unique, and encourage locals and city visitors to return time and time again to see what is new and seasonally exciting.