“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Building The Future

Building The Future Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 3, 2007
1. Building The Future Marker
Inscription. The completion of the railroad and the city's incorporation in the 1870's established a solid base upon which Gaithersburg could grow and flourish. Following the City's incorporation in 1878, Henry Ward became the president of the town's Commissioners. By 1891 the First National Bank of Gaithersburg opened, and not long after that, Gaithersburg became the first community in Montgomery County to have telephone service. Then, in 1898, George W. Meem, was elected to be the first mayor as the town changed to a mayor and council form of government. In 1913, electricity became available and the first "moving picture place" opened at the Masonic Hall on Russell Avenue. The first interstate bus line passed through Gaithersburg in 1916. Ten years later, Asbury Methodist Home was established, known then as the Methodist Home of the Aged and Orphans. Asbury provided a sense of community as subsequent generations followed in the footsteps of the founders by tending the needs of the community's most vunerable citizens. The city leaders led their community into the modern era.

(Photo caption): A view down Summit Avenue towards Frederick Avenue, circa 1900
Erected by City of Gaithersburg.
Location. 39° 8.502′ N, 77° 11.564′ W. Marker is in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Summit Avenue near Diamond Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gaithersburg MD 20877, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Early Years (here, next to this marker); The Schwartz House / Gaithersburg City Hall / Schwartz Peony Garden (here, next to this marker); The Business of Agriculture: (here, next to this marker); Supplying an Agricultural Community (here, next to this marker); The Gaithersburg School (here, next to this marker); Gaithersburg Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department (here, next to this marker); The Summit Hotel (here, next to this marker); Serving the Community's Health Care Needs (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gaithersburg.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 996 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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