Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
— Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
In 1892 the Washington and Georgetown Railroad Company began running electric streetcars up 14th Street to your left. After the line was extended in 1907, investors, including gramophone inventor and neighbor Emile Berliner, transformed the car barn into the Arcade, a combination market and amusement park.
Best known for its street-level vendor stalls, the Arcade over time boasted a movie theater, sports arena, bowling alleys, skating rink, and dance hall upstairs, not to mention carnival fun in the Japanese Maze and the House of Trouble. "The big Arcade building was crowded from end to end with one of the happiest throngs
In November 1925 the newly organized American Basketball Association inducted DC's Palace Five. The Five (also called the "Laundrymen" for their first sponsor, Palace Laundry) played their first home-court Big League game at the Arcade. Some 2,500 fans watched them beat the Brooklyn Five, 18 to 17.
More than 200 years ago, city planner Pierre Charles L’Enfant designed a new capital city on the low coastal plain at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, bordered on the north by a steep hill. Today the hill defines Columbia Heights.
Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail takes you on a tour of the lively neighborhood that began as a remote suburb of Washington City. Over time, transportation innovations, starting with streetcars, made Columbia Heights accessible and desirable. Soon, men and women of every background populated the neighborhood, people who changed the world with new technology, revolutionary ideas, literature, laws, and leadership. From the low point of the civil disturbances of 1968, Columbia Heights turned to resident leaders and rose again. Metrorail’s arrival in 1999 provided a boost, reviving the historically important 14th Street commercial corridor. Experience both the new and old Columbia Heights, with all
A Description of the Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail tour and acknowledgment of its creators follows.
Erected 2009 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 55.795′ N, 77° 1.956′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Street Northwest and Kenyon Street Northwest, on the right on 14th Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3115 14th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A City in Itself (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Latino Intelligence Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Wilson Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Turbulence and Change (approx. 0.2 miles away); Upheaval and Activism (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Pleasant Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Mount Pleasant: The Immigrants' Journey (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Sports •
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on March 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 26, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.