Pleasant Plains in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Cleaning Up Cowtown
Lift Every Voice
—Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
While the livestock and slaughterhouses eventually left, the low-income multi-ethnic neighborhood's poor reputation remained. Odessa Marie Madre DC's own “Al Capone,” grew up here and later ran a Cowtown “jill joint” selling bootleg liquor. By the 1940s juvenile gangs ,known as the “Bonecrushers” and “Fifth Street Tigers” committed not-so-petty crimes. Then local police officer Oliver Cowan created the Junior Police and Citizen Corps, so youth could “solve its own problems.” “Kids caught breaking street lights were named Inspectors of Streets and Lights,” reported the Washington Post. Unlike the segregated Boys' Clubs and Boy Scouts, the Corps encouraged, interracial friendships
From the 1880s to the 1950s, Garfield Hospital stood just west of here. Garfield Terrace, DC's first public housing designed for e1derly residents replaced the hospital in 1965, bringing innovative wheelchair-accessible foot paths and community kitchens.
Corby Brothers Bakery opened across the street from here in 1911. Brothers Charles and William Corby grew very rich after inventing machines and processes that revolutionized baking and led to mass distribution of bread. 'Eventually Continental Baking bought out the Corbys and the factory turned to making Wonder Bread. Howard University then bought and adapted the old plant for offices and shops.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Avenue / Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 55.264′ N, 77° 1.332′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue Northwest (U.S. 29) and Barry Place Northwest, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2400 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Will Marion Cook Family Residence Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tau Beta Pi (about 400 feet away); Andrew F. Hilyer Residence Site (about 400 feet away); Ed Murphy Way (about 400 feet away); Teachers and Preachers (about 500 feet away); "Strike!" (about 600 feet away); Howard University (about 600 feet away); Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on March 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1. submitted on July 15, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2. submitted on November 29, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on July 15, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.