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Glen Echo in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

c. 1926

 
 
1926 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, October 27, 2007
1. 1926 Marker
Inscription. Known in the 1920ís as The Skooter and in the 1930ís as the Dodgem, Glen Echo Parkís bumper car ride was one of the first in any amusement park in the world. The Art Deco facade was added in the 1930ís.

Todayís rehabilitated Bumper Car Pavilion hosts hundreds of dances and events each year.
 
Location. 38° 57.94′ N, 77° 8.315′ W. Marker is in Glen Echo, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Macarthur Boulevard ľ mile from Goldsboro Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Echo MD 20812, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 11 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glen Echoís Art Deco Arcade (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest (within shouting distance of this marker); 1921 (within shouting distance of this marker); c. 1931 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Roller Coasters of Glen Echo Amusement Park (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named 1921 (about 300 feet away); Glen Echo From Past to Present (about 300 feet away); The Changing Face of Glen Echo
Bumper Car Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, October 27, 2007
2. Bumper Car Pavilion
This photo was taken near the entrance to The Puppet Company, which is part of the Spanish Ballroom building.
(about 300 feet away); Glen Echo Parkís Crystal Pool (about 300 feet away); Trolley Parks In America (about 400 feet away); The Glen Echo Park Yurts (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Echo.
 
Regarding c. 1926. The bumper cars were stored in a shed nearby the pavilion. Both appear to be gone.

Today mobile bumper car rides make their way to carnivals throughout the country. For instance, there was one at the Hometown Holidays festivities in Rockville, Maryland.
 
Categories. 20th Century
 
Bumper Car Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, October 27, 2007
3. Bumper Car Pavilion
This photo was taken from the wooded area near the Arcade.
c. 1926 Marker(L) and Bumper Cars image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
4. c. 1926 Marker(L) and Bumper Cars
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,099 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   4. submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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