Adams Morgan in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Roads to Diversity
—Adams Morgan Heritage Trail —
By the 1890s the Rock Creek Railway Company's new electric streetcars made it easy to commute across town. The "country" settlements of this area became "suburban." One streetcar line followed 18th to Calvert Street, passed here, and then crossed a bridge spanning Rock Creek to the newly extended Connecticut Avenue. Next came new housing in Woodley Park and Cleveland Park, and their residents shopped at 18th and Columbia.
Thanks to streetcars, by 1900 dozens of houses and apartments occupied this hilltop. Franklin T. Sanner built his family home where the curving L'Aiglon building sits across 18th Street. (The elegant house is still there, hidden behind a façade built later for a nightclub and shops.) Sanner developed numerous apartments, including the luxurious Beacon (1910), ahead and to your left, and recruited small businesses.
When the Rock Creek bridge needed to be replaced in 1934, it was too important to close for long. So in a feat of engineering, 40 men and 5 horses detached it and rolled it along rails to new temporary foundations 80 feet downstream. Today's Duke Ellington Bridge, a short walk to your left along Calvert Street, soon replaced the old one. Just before the bridge is the old streetcar turnaround, where streetcars looped back to head downtown until service ended in 1962.
Erected 2005 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 10 of 18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Adams-Morgan Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 55.402′ N, 77° 2.599′ W. Marker is in Adams Morgan, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Adams Mill Road Northwest and Lanier Place NW, on the right when traveling west on Adams Mill Road Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1827 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A People Without Murals Is A Demuralized People (within shouting distance of this marker); Tragedy at 18th and Columbia (within shouting distance of this marker); Walter Pierce Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Serving the Neighborhood (about 400 feet away); The Artistic Life (about Kalorama Triangle (about 700 feet away); Lanier Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); Archaeology in Adams Morgan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Adams Morgan.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 13, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.