Lakeside Park was established on May 12, 1930. It has grown by the addition of residential developments so that today, Lakeside Park is a city of the second class and is considered one of the garden spots of Northern Kentucky.
There are approximately 2,700 people in this small city which is entirely composed of residences with the exception of three business sites on the Dixie Highway, five churches and a federal Post Office. We own the streets other than the major thoroughfares such as Buttermilk Pike, Turkeyfoot Road and Dixie Highway.
Lakeside Park is only 85 years old. However, the area on which it is built is one of historic interest in the development of the Northern Kentucky region. In 1798, Col. John Leathers received ownership of all of it in a vast tract of 994 acres. The Colonel died in 1840, but by that time parcels of the tract had been acquired by others. The first Lakeside Park subdivision was composed of only 40 acres by Mr. Paul Hesser who bought it from R.L. and F.D. Crigler. The area was laid out along the west side of the old Lexington Pike and about the lakes. Today, the city includes almost 530 acres and 14 subdivisions.
There are several historic spots in Lakeside Park. There was a small Indian mound on the north side of Buttermilk Pike, long since destroyed. The Dry Creek Baptist Church on Buttermilk Pike was established early in the 19th century and a solid brick building still stands as a residence. Then, there is the old toll house on Lexington Pike which for many years, was the Reschulte Inn at the corner of Dixie Highway and Hudson Avenue. It has now been restored and remodeled as a restaurant, Barleycorn's Five Mile House.
Perhaps, the oldest venerated spot is the cemetery of the John S. Perry family with few complete markers remaining, carrying early dates and revealing the hardships of life in the youthful struggles of the frontier. Our Dixie Highway is laid on this historic road known as the old Lexington Pike, an early path to the south, guarded by numerous earth-work forts during the Civil War. To know the derivation of such designations as Turkeyfoot Road and Buttermilk Pike invites some interesting research; research may uncover other important historic facts.
The citizens and owners of property in our city have carefully maintained the quality of their homes and landscaping. In a recent city survey, the residents prized the friendly residential community atmosphere, the city’s outstanding police and fire protection and the convenience of its unique location. Hospitals, great schools, interstate highways, the Greater Cincinnati International Airport, abundant shopping and dining locales are nearby. Covington, Cincinnati, Newport and Florence are within a 10 minute drive.
Our city governed by council of six persons elected bi-annually and the mayor chosen every four years.
The Police Authority serves our City and the City of Crestview Hills in the oldest cooperative department in Kentucky. The fire department and life squad for Fort Mitchell ably serve Lakeside Park.