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Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rockville Town Square

 
 
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Inscription. Rockville started in the 1750s as a tiny Village Crossroads. It was called Owens Ordinary, Hungerford's Tavern, Montgomery Court House, Williamsburgh, and finally in 1803 Rockville. Route 355 began as an Indian path that later became a colonial route to America's western frontier. Tobacco Planters came through Rockville in the 18th century on rolling roads as they shipped crops to the port of George Town and Bladensburg. On maps dated 1791 roads known today as Veirs Mill, Route 28 West, the Rockville Pike, Great Falls and Baltimore Road appear and meet at the center of our then tiny village.

Hungerford Drive was built in 1951 as the Rockville By-Pass to channel through traffic around the main commercial street. The Post Office ran rural routes out of Rockville until the mid 1950s. The Washington National Pike (now I-270) opened in 1957 to connect Washington D.C. with Frederick County as part of the National system of Interstate and Defense Highways. Ride-On Buses started operating in Rockville in 1981. Metrorail's Red Line extended to Rockville and Shady Grove in 1984. A partial Circumferential Highway including Gude Drive, Wooton Parkway and First Street was completed in 1991.

Twenty years after the Rockville Pike was taken over
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by the State Roads Commission it became one of Maryland's First Paved Roads (1920s). Rockville's First Traffic Signal (1927 was a stop-and-go light at Montgomery Avenue and Washington Street. In 2006 Rockville had 48 traffic signals. Bus Service arrived in Rockville in the 1930s. Congressional Airport operated on the Rockville Pike form 1928 to 1959. The town installed Parking Meters in the business district in 1946 and initiated a SmoothSeal program of road maintenance in 1959.

Investors chartered the Washington Turnpike Company in 1805 to build a road from Georgetown to Rockville — The Rockville Pike. In the 1860s, the Rockville Pike was a Well-Used route for escaping slaves and Civil War Armies. The Railroad came through Montgomery County in 1873, opening Rockville as a summer resort and commuter town of Washington, D.C. From 1900 to 1935, Trolley Cars carried passengers between Georgetown and Rockville. In 1913 Rockville raised the Speed Limit to 10 mph.
 
Location. 39° 5.111′ N, 77° 9.065′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of East Middle Lane and Maryland Avenue when traveling west on East Middle Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at
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or near this postal address: 39 Maryland Avenue, Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Rockville Town Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Father Divine Birthplace (about 400 feet away); Baseball Field (about 400 feet away); Rockville (about 500 feet away); Gettysburg Campaign (about 500 feet away); Red Brick Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Gibbs v. Broome, et al/1931 Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Court House Square (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 28, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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