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

24-Hour Service

Switching Places

 

—Silver Spring Geogia Avenue Heritage Trail —

 
24-Hour Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
1. 24-Hour Service Marker
Inscription. From 1946 to 2000, Tastee Diner's 24-hour service could be enjoyed three blocks south at 8516 Georgia Avenue. Designated a Montgomery County Master Plan Historic Preservation site in 1994, this classic Streamline Moderne-style diner was constructed by Jerry O'Mahoney, Inc. of Elizabeth N.J.

A beloved community landmark, Tastee was relocated to 8601 Cameron Street on June 17-18, 2000 to make way for construction of Discovery Communications, Inc's world headquarters. The original diner cap was incorporated into a $2-million project that featured larger dining rooms and outside seating.

Also Providing 24-hour service was the originally-named Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. building, opened in 1942 at 8670 Georgia Avenue. Designed in the Georgian Revival style by Silver Spring architect Ted Englehardt, the building is National Register Eligible.

Telephone service came to Silver Spring in 1889, and by 1942 there were 11, 539 telephone subscribers. Upon the building's opening, the February 19, 1942 Silver Spring Standard noted that its equipment was "...of the latest dial type that will have the capacity of about 15,000 lines." The original structure was two stories. As the number of phones in Silver Spring grew so did the floors with five additional stories added during two later construction
24-Hour Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
2. 24-Hour Service Marker
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Sidebar: Sparkling Spring to Community

Welcome to Historic Silver Spring. Georgia Avenue, one of our two original main streets, was constructed in the early 19th century as the Seventh Street Turnpike, a dirt road connection Washington City to Brookeville, Md. A village named Sligo, established in the 1830s by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Workers from County Sligo, Ireland, was located at the corner of Georgia and Colesville Road, our other main street.

A mica-flecked spring discovered in 1840 by U.S. presidential advisor Francis Preston Blair while riding his horse Selim, inspired the name of Blair's estate Silver Spring, constructed near the Spring's site.

Silver Spring's original Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station, built in 1878, formed the nucleus from which today's community radiated. The majority of these early-to-mid 20th century buildings still grace Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road and their many side streets. Explore the area and discover the fascinating history of the pioneering entrepreneurs, businesses, and institutions that developed our vibrant and diverse commnunity.
Learn more about Historic Downtown Silver Spring at www.sshistory.org
 
Erected 2013.
 
Location. 38° 59.848′ N, 77° 1.796′ 
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By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
3. Zippy the Pinhead
Tastee Diner's Relocation received national publicity on October 2, 2000 when its move was featured in the nationally syndicated comic strip Zippy, the Pinhead . Tastee is one of only three pre-1950 diners remaining in Maryland.
Close-up of Bill Griffith comic on marker
W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue (U.S. 97) and Cameron Street, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue. Click for map. 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. Modern Banking (here, next to this marker); Building Blocks (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Silver Opportunity (about 800 feet away); Silver Spring in the Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Jubal Early’s Raid on Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Silver Spring Shopping Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Silver Spring Armory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Springing Up (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Silver Spring.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Moving the Diner, 2000 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
4. Moving the Diner, 2000
The original 1946 Dining Section of Tastee Diner turns the corner from Georgia Avenue onto Cameron Street on June 18, 2000. Transport began the previous day but was delayed when this section became entangled with the rear kitchen half that was not relocated.
Close-up of Jerry McCoy photo on marker
Eunice Ramsey image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
5. Eunice Ramsey
Eunice Ramsey (née Williams) poses in front of Tastee Diner in 1955, the year she first started waitressing. As much as a landmark as Tastee, Mrs. Ramsey is still working five days a week as of 2012!
Close-up of photo on marker
Tastee Diner image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
6. Tastee Diner
Six weeks after Tastee Diner closed its doors on Georgia Avenue after 54 years of continuous operation, its new era on Cameron Street began July 24, 2000. The $2-million renovation/enlargement included a recreation of the rooftop neon sign.
Close-up of Jerry McCoy photo on marker
C & P Telephone Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
7. C & P Telephone Building
The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company opened in 1942 at 8670 Georgia Avenue. The cost of building was $423,000 with 1,666,800 worth of switching equipment occupying its two floors. In 2012 this investment is equivalent to $29 million.
Close-up of Glen C.Dorsey photo on marker
Tastee Diner image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
8. Tastee Diner
Tastee Diner image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
9. Tastee Diner
C & P Telephone Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
10. C & P Telephone Building
C & P Telephone Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
11. C & P Telephone Building
Architectural Detail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
12. Architectural Detail
Floral Capital on one of the pilasters flanking the front door of the C & P Building.
Map -- You are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
13. Map -- You are Here
Close-up of map on marker
 
 
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