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Before the city built a bridge

Dupont Circle

 

—Diverse Visions / One Neighborhood —

 
Before the city built a bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
1. Before the city built a bridge Marker
Inscription.
Before the city built a bridge over Rock Creek at P St., this area was a favorite fording place. In fact, it was here that the Baltimore Light Dragoons and French units led by Lafayette, Count Rochambeau and Duc De Lauzan crossed Rock Creek during the American Revolution. A low-level covered bridge crossed the creek from 1855 until 1871, when Georgetown and Washington jointly constructed a $43,000 metal truss bridge. A horse-drawn trolley of the Metropolitan Railroad Company ran west from Dupont Circle across the P St. Bridge into Georgetown. The present double arched masonry bridge was built in 1935 and renovated in 2004.

The elegant Dumbarton or "Buffalo Bridge" that carries Q St. over Rock Creek was built in 1914-15 to the designs of Glenn and Bedford Brown. The bridge is embellished with a series of masonry heads modeled on Sioux chief Kicking Bear as well as two large bronze buffalos (above) by sculptor Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860-1950)

Fire Fact | April 1, 1940
Box 345 sounded for fire at 2131 O St. NW. The four-alarm fire at an old stable converted to apartments killed three.
Fire Department information and images courtesy of Capitol Fire Museum

Artist | Jody Bergstresser
The artist's comments have been vandalized and are unreadable.

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Before the city built a bridge Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2017
2. Before the city built a bridge Marker reverse

Dupont Circle
Art on Call


The Dupont Circle art on Call project explores neighborhood history and local fire and police events. It also celebrates our diverse political artistic and intellectual community by presenting original artwork by 22 local artists featuring the hub of our neighborhood, Dupont Circle and the beautiful fountain designed by Daniel Chester French.

Art on Call is a program of Cultural Tourism DC with support from
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
District Department of Transportation

This call box is sponsored by:
Ruth & Sam Alward, Marston & Edith Chase, John & Marilou Hyson,
Larry Muenz & Judy Meritz, R. Bradley Runyan & Steven Nelson,
Tom M. Schaumberg, Beth Louise Webb, Steve & Linda Weitz

Dupont Circle Art on Call Corporate Sponsor
PNC Band
This community project is also supported by
Dupont Circle Citizens Association and The Dupont Circle Conservancy, Inc.
and generous donations from community residents and businesses.

See all 22 Dupont Circle Call Boxes
Alarm Boxes
such as this one (originally painted red) were installed in the District after the Civil War. Telegraphs transmitted the box number (top) to a fire alarm center. This system was used until the 1970s when the boxes were converted to a telephone system. By the 1990s, the callbox system had been replaced by the 911 system and was abandoned.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Location. 38° 54.574′ N, 77° 2.803′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 21st Street, NW near P Street, NW, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1426 21st Street, NW, Washington DC 20036, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The first houses south and west of Dupont Circle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dewi Saraswati (about 400 feet away); Indonesian Embassy/Walsh-McLean Mansion (about 400 feet away); James G. Blaine Mansion (about 500 feet away); Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (about 500 feet away); The Society of the Cincinnati (about 600 feet away); Lajos (Louis) Kossuth (about 600 feet away); Theodore Roosevelt (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made FeaturesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Before the city built a bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
3. Before the city built a bridge Marker
One of the 'buffalos' on the east side of the Q Street Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 2016
4. One of the 'buffalos' on the east side of the Q Street Bridge
The Dumbarton Bridge crosses Rock Creek at Q Street. As mentioned in the marker text there are large buffalo statues at the eastern end of the bridge. This composition also includes a 1915 dedicatory marker on the sculpture.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 16, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 16, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   2. submitted on November 30, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on October 16, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4. submitted on August 2, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
 
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