Anacostia in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An East-of-the-River View
—Anacostia Heritage Trail —
As details of the assassination arrived at the Anacostia police substation days later, so did a rumor that Booth might be hiding out in the area. Officers commenced a hunt for the fugitive, but he was long gone.
The bridge Booth traveled, the first of many at this site, was built in 1820 to allow residents to reach jobs at the Navy Yard. Before then people used the Eastern Branch Bridge at Pennsylvania Avenue. That structure, which dated to 1797, was blown up in August 1814 as the British marched toward Washington bent on its destruction during the War of 1812. Unfortunately the British succeeded in reaching the capital via Bladensburg Road instead. General William H. Winder, commander of the defenses of Washington and Baltimore, ordered the destruction of the Navy Yard as well, to keep it out of British hands.
This intersection was Anacostia's first commercial center. From here businesses spread east on Good Hope Road
Erected by Anacostia Heritage Trail. (Marker Number 14.)
Location. 38° 52.058′ N, 76° 59.304′ W. Marker is in Anacostia, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeast and Good Hope Road Southeast, on the right when traveling north on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeast, Washington DC 20020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Big Chair (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Big Chair (approx. 0.2 miles away); The World’s Largest Chair (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mother Churches and Their Daughters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Uniontown, DC's First Suburb (approx. 0.2 miles away); Education Matters The Sage of Anacostia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crossing Lines (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anacostia.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 418 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 2, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 7, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.