Lacey is located in the state of Washington and a city in Thurston County. It was originally established to become a part of the suburb of Olympia. The area was originally called Woodlands, after the first settlers who claimed the land area in 1853, Isaac and Catherine Wood. Woodland by that time already has a large enough population where it enables them to apply for the establishment of a local post office. The request was denied as there is already an existing town with the same name called Woodland, which is located along the Columbia River. After such, the name was changed to Lacey in order for them to apply for the local post office, after the local justice of peace presumably, O.C. Lacey. The settlements of Woodland and Chambers Prairie were then consolidated to Lacey in the 1950s, and it was not in 1966 when the city was officially incorporated. During that time, Lacey became the primary industry for cattle milk, retail, and forest products. At present, the city’s economy has diversified and has ventured into business development, community groups, which then led the population growth. The city has abundant green belts and a fantastic walking and biking trail system built on an old railroad. Lacey has tons of amenities, from big-box retailers such as The Home Depot, Best Buy, and Costco, to gyms, independent restaurants, area parks, and more than 50 private and public schools to choose from. Given its "Green Power Community" designation by the US Environmental Protection Agency, it's hard not to fall in love with Lacey whether you're in town for a visit or considering it as a place to live.
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