Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Changing Landscape
A Changing Landscape
For nearly a century, between 1862 and 1962, streetcars in Washington, D.C. carried people across the District. The first streetcars were drawn by horses and could only carry people short distances, but the introduction of the electric streetcars, capable of traversing more imposing terrain, opened up the hilly suburbs north of the old city, including this park at 11th & Monroe. Back in the trolley era, the streetcar entered from Monroe and exited back onto 11th Street. This turnaround was one of only 22 in the entire District.
Streetcar 1587, pictured below, was powered by ground electricity, (notice no overhead wires). This model was produced by the St. Louis Company in 1937, and featured windshield wipers, door engines, compressed air brakes and air conditioning. This car ran on the 14th Street Line for 25 years.
A look inside
14th and Colorado
Streetcar at 11th and Monroe
1948 DC Track Map
Erected by District of Columbia Parks and Recreation.
Location. 38° 55.978′ N, 77° 1.719′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3512 11th St NW, Washington DC 20010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles R. Drew and Lenore Robbins Drew (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nob Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Community Builders (approx. ¼ mile away); The Modern Shopper (approx. ¼ mile away); A City in Itself (approx. ¼ mile away); The Next Wave (approx. ¼ mile away); The Former Engine Co 24 of the District of Columbia Fire Department (approx. 0.3 miles away); Amusement Palace (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
Regarding A Changing Landscape. On the grounds of 11th and Monroe Park
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on December 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. 9, 10, 11. submitted on January 12, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.