Glen Echo in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Trolley Parks In America
Evolution of the Trolley Park. The use of trolleys exploded in America in the early 20th century. By the time of WWI trolley companies employed over 100,000 workers and became the 5th largest industry in America. With the immense success of the trolley, these picnic parks began to modernize. After the introduction of the ferris wheel at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, almost every trolley park began to construct more attractions to draw crowds—ferris wheels, shooting galleries, carousels, penny arcades, fireworks displays and free
WW II, Automobiles and Disneyland. The remaining parks provided a welcome diversion from World War II. After the war, trolley parks faced a new competitor, the theme park. The first theme park, Disneyland, opened in California in 1955 and had five different themed areas designed to transport visitors to another time and place. The theme park encountered huge success. Along with Disneyland, the trolley parks had to compete with the ever growing automotive industry. When cars started to become
Location. 38° 57.999′ N, 77° 8.288′ W. Marker is in Glen Echo, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from MacArthur Boulevard ¼ mile from Goldsboro Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Echo MD 20812, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Trolley Returns to Glen Echo (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Glen Echo From Past to Present (within shouting distance of this marker); 1921 (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Echo’s Art Deco Arcade (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Echo Park c. 1930 (about 300 feet away, The Glen Echo Park Yurts (about 300 feet away); Glen Echo Park: Protest Years 1960 (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glen Echo.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. 100 Years of Capital Traction: The Story of Streetcars in the Nation's Capital. Book by Leroy O. King Jr available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
2. Capital Transit: Washington's Street Cars, The Final Era, 1933 - 1962. Book by Peter Kohler available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
Categories. • Entertainment • Railroads & Streetcars •
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