Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Trolley Arrives in Mount Pleasant
Until 1900 Mount Pleasant was still a small village of wood-frame houses about a mile outside the City of Washington. In 1903 the city extended and broadened 16th Street, separating what is now Columbia Heights from Mount Pleasant. At about the same time the trolley lines in downtown Washington reached up to Mount Pleasant along what is now Metrobus Route 42. These changes connected Mount Pleasant with jobs and commerce downtown, ensuring the neighborhood's rapid development.
Most of the rowhouses and apartment buildings in Mount Pleasant were built between 1900 and 1920, shortly after the trolley arrived. Many were architect-designed, evidence of the relative prosperity of this upper-middle-class neighborhood. New stores opened along Mount Pleasant Street, and several churches, Bancroft Elementary School, and the Mount Pleasant Library were built to accommodate the growing population.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 5.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the DC, Art on Call series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 38° 55.676′ N, 77° 2.231′ W. Marker has been reported damaged. Marker is in Mount Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1601 Hobart Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Francis Asbury (within shouting distance of this marker); Fashionable 16th Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Turbulence and Change (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Upheaval and Activism (about 500 feet away); Everyday People (about 500 feet away); The Wilson Center (about 600 feet away); The Urban Village (about 700 feet away); Mount Pleasant Street, ca. 2004 (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Also see . . . Historic Mount Pleasant. (Submitted on December 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on March 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 4. submitted on March 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 5. submitted on December 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.