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Carroll Avenue Bridge

 
 
Carroll Avenue Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 18, 2017
1. Carroll Avenue Bridge Marker
Inscription.  Three bridges have been built across Sligo Creek at Carroll Avenue. The first bridge, built about 1878, was a simple wooden structure located about 150 feet below the site of the present bridge. When the Seventh-day Adventist Church established a hospital and college nearby in 1904, it became apparent that a larger bridge capable of handling increasing traffic for the growing community was needed.

Walter Douglas, who engineered the Lion Bridge on Connecticut Avenue, designed and supervised construction of the new reinforced concrete structure. The Adventist Church made a substantial contribution toward the $10,000 costs, and the bridge opened on July 22, 1909, with a speed limit of 8 miles per hour!

The Douglas Bridge served the town until the 1930s, when population growth and ever increasing automobile traffic demanded a larger structure. Governor Albert C. Ritchie and leading state, county, and city officials opened the three-lane steel and concrete bridge on September 14, 1932, in a gala celebration attended by over 1,000 people.
 
Erected 1988 by Historic Takoma, Inc.
 
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsChurches & ReligionEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
 
Location. 38° 59.038′ N, 76° 59.997′ W. Marker is in Takoma Park, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Carroll Avenue west of Flower Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7610 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington Adventist University Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Presidents Tree" (approx. ¼ mile away); Sligo Creek Waterworks (approx. 0.3 miles away); B.Y. Morrison Park (approx. half a mile away); Davis-Warner House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Memorial for Pvt. Robert J. Harmon Jr. (1946 - 1969) and Pvt. Robert C. Hobstetter (1938 - 1969) (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Memory of Sgt. Christopher Thornton (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Takoma Park.
 
Carroll Avenue Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 18, 2017
2. Carroll Avenue Bridge Marker
Plaque on bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 18, 2017
3. Plaque on bridge

Sligo Creek Bridge
Built - 1932
State Roads Commission
G. Clinton Uh. - Chairman.
E. Brooke Lee. Robert Lacy.
H.D. Williar Jr. - Chief Engineer.
W.C. Hopkins - Bridge Engineer.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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