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Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Heat Up, Cool Down

Local Institutions

 

—Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue —

 
Heat Up, Cool Down Marker image. Click for full size.
Jerry McCoy, Silver Spring Historical Society
1. Heat Up, Cool Down Marker
Inscription. From Coal and Horse Feed to Ice Cream, a variety of businesses fronting Georgia Avenue have occupied the corner across Sligo Avenue from where you stand. The earliest documented business was Wilkins & Jordan dealers in flour, feed , hay, grain, wood, coal, fertilizers, and plaster. Howard L. Wilkins and William W. Jordan established their business in 1901, "...when there was but one other house in sight."

By 1917 this business was owned by James H. Cissel president of the Silver Spring National Bank. In 1923 Cissel sold the business to Howard Griffith and Thomas W. Perry, who specialized in coal, feed, and builders' materials.

In 1939 John Nash Gifford founded the Gifford Ice Cream Company when he converted one of the former coal and feed structures at 8101 Georgia Avenue into a plant for the manufacture and sale of Ice Cream. By the time Gifford's closed its doors in 1985, it had become a Silver Spring landmark, serving untold number of ice cream treats and candies. Four years later the business re-opened under new ownership in Bethesda Maryland.
 
Location. 38° 59.425′ N, 77° 1.583′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue (Maryland Route 97) and Sligo Avenue, on
Heat Up, Cool Down Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 22, 2012
2. Heat Up, Cool Down Marker
In its present location
the right when traveling north on Georgia Avenue. Click for map. This marker was originally on the south side of Sligo Avenue near Jackie's Restaurant. It has been moved to the north side of Sligo Avenue near Quality Time Early Learning Center (Formerly Gifford's Ice Cream). Marker is in this post office area: Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Downtown is Born (here, next to this marker); ‘Most Lonesome Spot’ (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Enticing Business (about 400 feet away); Canada Dry Building (about 600 feet away); The ‘Mayor’ of Silver Spring (about 700 feet away); Visions Realized (about 700 feet away); Finding a Niche (about 700 feet away); The Community of Silver Spring (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Silver Spring.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These two markers share a single post.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Surrey with the Fringe on Top image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 22, 2012
3. Surrey with the Fringe on Top
A horse-drawn surrey approaches Georgia Avenue from Sligo Avenue, which separates James H. Cissel's flour and feed buildings from the Silver Spring National Bank. Note the Washington, Woodside, and Forest Glenn Railway streetcar tracks near the middle telephone pole. Photo taken on June 21, 1917 by Willard R. Ross. Collection of Silver Spring Historical Society
A Busy Intersection image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 22, 2012
4. A Busy Intersection
The intersection of Georgia and Sligo Avenues as it looked in 1927. The set of tracks crossing Georgia Avenue was spur line allowing materials shipped via the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to be delivered directly to Griffith and Perry's warehouse. Collection of Silver Spring Historical Society
A Short Commute image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 22, 2012
5. A Short Commute
Circa 1910 view of Sligo Avenue (also known as Bluestone Road and Blair Road) looking east from Georgia Avenue. James H. Cissel lived in the house shown on the extreme left with the partial front porch. His daily commute consisted of only a few steps to his bank and flour and feed operations. Collection of the Silver Spring Historical Society
We All Scream for Ice Cream! image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 22, 2012
6. We All Scream for Ice Cream!
Gifford Ice Cream Company as it appeared in September 1948.
We All Scream for Ice Cream! image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 22, 2012
7. We All Scream for Ice Cream!
Among the many items listed in this circa 1950s menu is a Jumbo Hot Butterscotch Sundae for 90 cents. Collection of the Silver Spring Historical Society
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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