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A Changing Landscape

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 26, 2017
1. A Changing Landscape Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  
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.

Captions:
A look inside

Streetcar Token

14th and Colorado

Streetcar at 11th and Monroe

1948 DC Track Map

All photos courtesy of Ed Havens & http://www.davesrailpix.com

 
Erected by
A Changing Landscape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 26, 2017
2. A Changing Landscape Marker
District of Columbia Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 38° 55.978′ N, 77° 1.719′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 11th Street Northwest. 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. mile away); The Modern Shopper (approx. mile away); A City in Itself (approx. mile away); The Next Wave (approx. 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
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
A Changing Landscape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 26, 2017
3. A Changing Landscape Marker
Closeup of image on the marker image. Click for full size.
4. Closeup of image on the marker
Streetcar at 11th and Monroe
Closeup of image on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
5. Closeup of image on the marker
A look inside
Closeup of image on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
6. Closeup of image on the marker
Streetcar Token
Closeup of image on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
7. Closeup of image on the marker
14th and Colorado
Closeup of image on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
8. Closeup of image on the marker
1948 DC Track Map
Sign at entrance of the park image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 26, 2017
9. Sign at entrance of the park

11th and Monroe
Park

District of Columbia Parks and Recreation
Subway Token design in fence image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 26, 2017
10. Subway Token design in fence

One Fare in the Dist. of Col.
Sign in park featuring a photograph of a streetcar below image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 26, 2017
11. Sign in park featuring a photograph of a streetcar below
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on December 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   9, 10, 11. submitted on January 12, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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