Southeast in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Navy Town
An East-of-the-River View
—Anacostia HeritageTrail —
Pittsburgh-based Firth-Stirling Steel opened the Washington Steel & Ordnance Co. just down river at Giesboro Point, now part of the military base. The plant made armor-piercing projectiles from 1907 until 1928, selling most of them to the Washington Navy Yard. Washington Steel's 300-acre campus replaced small farms and the Buena Vista resort, once popular among the area's many German immigrant farmers. At its peak during World War I (1914-1918), Washington Steel employed 1,600 men. These workers made a ready market for the housing and goods offered by local businessmen.
World War I transformed Anacostia. Just north of the plant, the Navy Department built the riverside Anacostia Naval Air Station. The Army Signal Corps Air Service installed Bolling Field and took over the old Washington Steel property in 1935. When the Navy acquired Bolling Field five years later, Anacostia became a true Navy town.
Pauline Munson Chapman grew up in Anacostia in the 1940s
Erected 2015 by Cultural Tourism, DC. (Marker Number 1.)
Location. 38° 51.725′ N, 76° 59.673′ W. Marker is in Southeast, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Howard Road, SE and Shannon Place, SE, on the right when traveling east on Howard Road, SE. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Howard Rd, SE - Metro Green Line Rail Station, Washington DC 20020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barry Farm - Hillsdale (within shouting distance of this marker); Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Big Chair (approx. 0.3 miles away); The World’s Largest Chair (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Elizabeths Hospital (approx. half a mile away); The Sage of Anacostia Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (approx. half a mile away); The Growlery (approx. half a mile away).
Additional keywords. Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling [JBAB]; HMX-1
Categories. • Air & Space • Military • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels •
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