Buena Vista in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Navy Town
An East-of-the-River View
—Anacostia HeritageTrail —
Pittsburgh-based Firth-Stirling Steel opened the Washington Steel & Ordnance Co. just down river at Giesboro Point, now part of the military base. The plant made armor-piercing projectiles from 1907 until 1928, selling most of them to the Washington Navy Yard. Washington Steel's 300-acre campus replaced small farms and the Buena Vista resort, once popular among the area's many German immigrant farmers. At its peak during World War I (1914-1918), Washington Steel employed 1,600 men. These workers made a ready market for the housing and goods offered by local businessmen.
World War I transformed Anacostia. Just north of the plant, the Navy Department built the riverside Anacostia Naval Air Station. The Army Signal Corps Air Service installed Bolling Field and took over the old Washington Steel property in 1935. When the Navy acquired Bolling Field five years later, Anacostia became a true Navy town.
Pauline Munson Chapman grew up in Anacostia in the 1940s
Erected 2015 by Cultural Tourism, DC. (Marker Number 1 of 20.)
Location. 38° 51.725′ N, 76° 59.673′ W. Marker is in Buena Vista, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Howard Road, SE and Shannon Place, SE, on the right when traveling east on Howard Road, SE. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Howard Rd, SE - Metro Green Line Rail Station, Washington DC 20020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barry Farm - Hillsdale (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Nichols Avenue Elementary School/Old Birney School Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Faith and Action (about 300 feet away); Birney School (about 400 feet away); A Museum for the Community Roads That Divide (about 800 feet away); Barry Farm Dwellings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Additional keywords. Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling [JBAB]; HMX-1
Categories. • Air & Space • Military • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 313 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on February 2, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 2. submitted on September 15, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3. submitted on September 17, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5. submitted on September 19, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 6. submitted on September 26, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.