Tenleytown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Top of the Town
—Tenleytown Heritage Trail —
Before the Civil War (1861-65), the land behind you was part of the 72-acre farm of Giles Dyer. As a Southerner, Dyer depended on enslaved people to work his fields.
Because of its elevation, Dyers land was taken by the Union Army in 1861 for a fort and observation post. After the war, the Dyer family recovered the property, then sold it to developers. Soon "Reno City" lots sold for $25 with a $5 down payment.
Frederick "Fritz" Bangerter, a young Swiss immigrant, bought several lots to establish a dairy farm, raise a family, and build houses to rent. African Americans who had sought safety and work at Fort Reno during the Civil War also bought lots or rented Reno City houses, as did other white and black families. Many worked nearby as laborers and domestics. By 1900 Reno City was 75 percent African American with three black churches, a black Masonic lodge, and a black school among its 100 buildings. Generally black and white families lived side by side.
In 1902 the U.S. Senate Park Commission suggested preserving the city's historic ring of Civil War forts, including Reno, as parks. The plan was shelved, but as land around Reno filled in with new housing for whites, federal planners again eyed Reno City as a good spot to create a park, schools, and reservoirs. Doing so would also satisfy
Erected 2010 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 6 of 19.)
Location. 38° 57.037′ N, 77° 4.731′ W. Marker is in Tenleytown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 40th Street NW and Chesapeake Street NW, on the right when traveling south on 40th Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20016, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Civil War Defenses of Washington (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reservoir/Reno City (about 400 feet away); Fort Reno (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Reno (about 500 feet away); In Touch with the World (about 600 feet away); Set in Stone (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Reno (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Country Road (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tenleytown.
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