Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—Silver Spring Geogia Avenue Heritage Trail —
A beloved community landmark, Tastee was relocated to 8601 Cameron Street on June 17-18, 2000 to make way for construction of Discovery Communications, Inc's world headquarters. The original diner cap was incorporated into a $2-million project that featured larger dining rooms and outside seating.
Also Providing 24-hour service was the originally-named Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. building, opened in 1942 at 8670 Georgia Avenue. Designed in the Georgian Revival style by Silver Spring architect Ted Englehardt, the building is National Register Eligible.
Telephone service came to Silver Spring in 1889, and by 1942 there were 11, 539 telephone subscribers. Upon the building's opening, the February 19, 1942 Silver Spring Standard noted that its equipment was "...of the latest dial type that will have the capacity of about 15,000 lines." The original structure was two stories. As the number of phones in Silver Spring grew so did the floors with five additional stories added during two later construction
Sidebar: Sparkling Spring to Community
Welcome to Historic Silver Spring. Georgia Avenue, one of our two original main streets, was constructed in the early 19th century as the Seventh Street Turnpike, a dirt road connection Washington City to Brookeville, Md. A village named Sligo, established in the 1830s by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Workers from County Sligo, Ireland, was located at the corner of Georgia and Colesville Road, our other main street.
A mica-flecked spring discovered in 1840 by U.S. presidential advisor Francis Preston Blair while riding his horse Selim, inspired the name of Blair's estate Silver Spring, constructed near the Spring's site.
Silver Spring's original Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station, built in 1878, formed the nucleus from which today's community radiated. The majority of these early-to-mid 20th century buildings still grace Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road and their many side streets. Explore the area and discover the fascinating history of the pioneering entrepreneurs, businesses, and institutions that developed our vibrant and diverse commnunity.
Learn more about Historic Downtown Silver Spring at www.sshistory.org
Location. 38° 59.848′ N, 77° 1.796′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Modern Banking (here, next to this marker); Building Blocks (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Silver Opportunity (about 800 feet away); The Silver Spring Shopping Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Xeriscape Demonstration Project (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Silver Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Silver Spring in the Civil War (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Jubal Early’s Raid on Washington (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 578 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on July 24, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 12, 13. submitted on July 25, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.