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Takoma Park in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Early Takoma

Laurel and Carroll Avenues

 
 
Early Takoma: Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
1. Early Takoma: Marker
Inscription. In 1888 B. F. Gilbert, the founder of Takoma Park, built a log cabin to celebrate the presidential campaign of Benjamin Harrison. The cabin stood on the east side of Laurel at Carroll Avenue until it burned to the ground on Halloween in 1915. It was used by both political parties for rallies and speeches, and later served as a town meeting place, a chapel, a firehouse, a jail, and finally a tool-shed. A 60-foot tower adjacent to it built in 1889, was used by city residents for panoramic views of the countryside and as a platform for speeches and band concerts. By 1893, the tower was judged to be unsafe as was dismantled.

Takoma Park began in 1889 as a railroad suburb, the first on the Metropolitan branch of the B&O. It was not long, however, before the community was served by electric street-cars. In 1893 the Brightwood Electric Railway began running trolleys between downtown Washington and the 4th and Butternut Streets, NW.

Eventually several streetcar lines served Takoma Park. The picture shows streetcars of the "Dinky Line" on Laurel Avenue , looking toward Carroll Avenue. This route originally went to the Glen Sligo Hotel, near Sligo Creek and what is now New Hampshire Avenue. Later the tracks were changed to run from Eastern and Laurel Avenues to a turnaround at Carroll Avenue and Sligo Creek.

The
Early Takoma: Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
2. Early Takoma: Marker
streetcar era ended in January 1960.

Erected by Historic Takoma, Inc., 1988
 
Erected 1988 by Historic Takoma, Inc.
 
Location. 38° 58.47′ N, 77° 0.739′ W. Marker is in Takoma Park, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Laurel Avenue and Carroll Avenue, in the median on Laurel Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in the park at the intersection of Carroll and Laurel Avenues in the center of Takoma Park. Marker is in this post office area: Takoma Park MD 20912, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roscoe (here, next to this marker); Scott H. Lawson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Federal Boundary Stone NE 2 (about 700 feet away in District of Columbia); Founding of Takoma Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Walt Penney Field (approx. 0.6 miles away); Belle Ziegler Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Metropolitan Branch and Takoma Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Living in Takoma Park (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Takoma Park.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesRailroads & Streetcars
 
The Cabin and Observation Tower image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
3. The Cabin and Observation Tower
Laurel and Carroll Avenues. circa 1889.
Dinky Line image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
4. Dinky Line
Streetcars of the "Dinky Line" on Laurel Avenue.
Laurel and Carroll Avenues image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
5. Laurel and Carroll Avenues
Town Clock<br>Takoma Park<br>1883 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
6. Town Clock
Takoma Park
1883
The "Early Takoma" marker and Roscoe the Rooster can be seen between the legs of the town clock.
Roscoe the Rooster image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
7. Roscoe the Rooster
In front of the "Early Takoma" marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 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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