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Lee Jordan Field

From Cows to Games, Fireworks & Festivals

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2014
1. Lee Jordan Field Marker
Inscription. When Takoma Park was founded in 1883 the parcel of land that today is Lee Jordan Field was part of a large farm belonging to the Brashears family. A stream known as Brashears Run flowed here across a lush, soggy pasture. A son-in-law, Roger Hodges later started a business call Dairy that delivered milk from cows that grazed on the farm.

Upon his retirement the farmland was sold and divided into plots for home on Hodges Heights for public facilities. On the hill overlooking this field Montgomery County built Takoma Park Junior High. The school opened in 1939.

The logical place for the school's athletic field was the pasture below the hill. Brashears Run was forced into a culvert, and laborers piled tons of dirt over it to raise the elevation. Numerous rocks worked their way to the surface, though, and during Lee Jordan's long tenure as a sports organizer and coach he could be regularly seen raking the field smooth.

By the time the field was named for him in 1981 it had become not only the site of frequent games but also a gathering place for community festivities. On July Fourth evenings the sky was lit by fireworks. A Turkey Trot took place at Thanksgiving time. On snowy days families raced sleds down the long hillside.

At Lee Jordan's suggestion the first Takoma Park Folk Festival was held
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By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2014
2. Lee Jordan Field Marker
on the school grounds in 1978, and the festival was dedicated to this Boys and Girls Club. A year later, however, Montgomery County announced that the junior high was closing, and the building was emptied of books and furniture. Trying to save the school and the field organizers of the folk festival turned their next event into a massive protest. To general surprise, the county reversed its decision.

The current school building, now Takoma Park Middle, was erected in 1997-1998 and the field underwent and extensive renovation at the same time. It remains a scene of almost constant activity.

Support for this project was provided by Maryland Program Open Space, City of Takoma Park, Montgomery County Public Schools and Historic Takoma.
 
Erected 2014 by Maryland Program Open Space, City of Takoma Park, Montgomery County Public Schools and Historic Takoma.
 
Location. 38° 59.185′ N, 77° 0.786′ W. Marker is in Takoma Park, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Piney Branch Road. Click for map. Marker is in Lee Jordan Field just north of Takoma Park Middle School. 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. Lee Jordan (here, next to this marker); Sligo Creek Waterworks
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By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2014
3. Lee Jordan Field Markers
(approx. 0.4 miles away); "The Presidents Tree" (approx. half a mile away); Belle Ziegler Park (approx. half a mile away); Living in Takoma Park (approx. half a mile away); The Metropolitan Branch and Takoma Park (approx. half a mile away); Walt Penney Field (approx. half a mile away); The Blair Family and their Silver Spring Homes (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Takoma Park.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSports
 
Soccer Ball image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2014
4. Soccer Ball
Close-up of photo on marker
Dairy Cows image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2014
5. Dairy Cows
Close-up of photo on marker
Baseball image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2014
6. Baseball
Close-up of photo on marker
Lee Jordan Athletic Field Sign image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2014
7. Lee Jordan Athletic Field Sign
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By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2014
8. Lee Jordan Field
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7, 8. 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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