Southwest in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Change on the Waterfront
River Farms to Urban Towers
—Southwest Heritage Trail —
The city's first military post (now Fort Lesley J. McNair) was established here in 1791 on Greenleaf's Point, where the Anacostia and Potomac rivers meet. In 1978 a ferry began running to Virginia from the point. Wharves received building materials and food for the new city, while shipyards thrived. The port was particularly busy during the Civil War.
By 1900 this bustling neighborhood was fully built, home to a densely populated working-class community of 35,000. They were modest people of all backgrounds: European immigrants, urban African Americans, and migrants from nearby rural areas.
Southwest was called "the island" because the Tiber and James creeks separated it from the rest of the city. Later a canal and railroad tracks reinforced the nickname. Homey and self-sufficient, Southwest aged in place. Its
Erected 2004 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Southwest Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 52.594′ N, 77° 1.049′ W. Marker is in Southwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of M Street Southwest and 4th Street Southwest, on the right when traveling west on M Street Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 4th Street Southwest, Washington DC 20024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blending Old and New (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Town in the City (about 700 feet away); Thomas Law (about 700 feet away); Lewis House Rooms With a View: An Idealistic Vision (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barney House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Recreation and River Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wheat Row (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest.
Also see . . . River Farms to Urban Towers Booklet. (Submitted on October 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 15, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.