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Glen Echo, Maryland Historical Markers

 
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By Tom Fuchs, October 27, 2007
1921 Marker and Surrounding Area
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — 1921
The Coaster Dips came to the park in 1921. Higher climbs and deeper dips added over the next 48 years guaranteed the ride remained a favorite. The roller coaster was dismantled after the park closed in 1968. — Map (db m3214) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — 1921
The Dentzel carousel came to the park in 1921 as a replacement for a smaller carousel. Built in the Philadelphia style, the hand-carved, wooden animals create a menagerie type featuring rabbits, ostriches, a giraffe, a lion, a tiger and a deer in . . . — Map (db m3224) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — A Heroine's Home
Beyond the trees stands a Victorian House as unique as its owner. This house was built for Clara Barton in 1891 by Edward and Edwin Baltzley as part of the National Chautauqua at Glen Echo. With 30 rooms serving as offices, bedrooms, and storage, . . . — Map (db m45000) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — A Life of Service ó (Clara Barton)
"You have never known me without work; while able, you never will." —Clara Barton Clara Barton lived a life that transcended limitations. She built a career of humanitarian service in a society that did not grant her full rights . . . — Map (db m45245) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — A Trolley Returns to Glen Echo
Development of Trolleys. Electric trolleys were introduced to the United States in 1888 in Richmond, Virginia, and quickly became the predominant mode of public transportation used throughout the first third of the 20th century. These vehicles . . . — Map (db m306) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — c. 1926
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 . . . — Map (db m3230) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — c. 1931
In the midst of the Great Depression, the Crystal Pool provided a haven. It was big enough for 3,000 swimmers and featured a sand beach. The Art Deco style of the pool became Glen Echoís new look. — Map (db m3229) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — Clara Barton House ó Registered National Historic Landmark
Clara Barton House has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United . . . — Map (db m70672) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest
On June 30, 1960 African Americans Gwendolyn Greene (Britt), William Griffin, Michael Proctor, Marvous Saunders and Cecil Washington Jr. were arrested when they attempted to ride Glen Echo Park's Dentzel Carousel and were charged with trespassing on . . . — Map (db m30484) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — Glen Echo From Past to Present
For more than 100 years this land, now Glen Echo Park, has been dedicated to the people: first in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly, a center where people could participate in the sciences, arts, languages, and literature; second in 1899 as a . . . — Map (db m380) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — Glen Echo Park c. 1930
The entrance to Glen Echo Park has undergone many changes. The 1940 art deco design has been restored, but prior entrances included a stone entrance in the 1890's with the early trolley lines in front and the 1911 entrance, which featured numerous . . . — Map (db m5754) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — Glen Echo Park: Aerial View c. 1954
Among the familiar structures in this aerial photo are old attractions - the Fun House, Coaster Dips, Crystal Pool, and Flying Scooter. Still present in the park today are the Ballroom, the Arcade and the Dentzel Carousel as well as other smaller . . . — Map (db m5752) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — Glen Echo Park: Chautaugua c. 1891
The Chautaugua Program at Glen Echo opened June 16, 1891 and offered classes and lectures in all areas of the liberal and practical arts. The education program ran for only one year, but the buildings were used by the amusement park for decades. The . . . — Map (db m5753) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — Glen Echo Park: Protest Years 1960
On June 30, 1960 local university students and citizens began a sit-in confrontation and picket line to challenge the long-standing segregation policies at the Park. Their efforts succeeded in 1961 when the Park's private owner, Rekab, Inc., finally . . . — Map (db m5750) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — Glen Echo Park: Spanish Ballroom c. 1943
Social dancing has been an important attraction at Glen Echo since the 1890's. The Spanish Garden Ballroom, built in 1933 in the Spanish Mission Revival style of architecture, boasted a 7,000 square-foot maple dance floor, colorful columns and red . . . — Map (db m5751) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — Glen Echo Parkís Crystal Pool
For the trolley parks of the 1900ís, pools were important, lucrative attractions. They provided a place for people to swim without having to travel the long miles to the beach. One such pool, Kennywood Park Pool in Pittsburgh, opened in 1925 and was . . . — Map (db m3227) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — Glen Echoís Art Deco Arcade
Beginning in 1940, a new Art Deco arcade was added to Glen Echo park. Designed by the firm of Edward Schoeppe of Philadelphia, also the chief architect of the Crystal Pool and Spanish Ballroom, the arcade was constructed in stages from 1940 to . . . — Map (db m3231) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — The Changing Face of Glen Echo
Lost Attractions. From its beginnings as a National Chautauqua to its years as an amusement park, Glen Echo has experienced countless changes. Some of the old Glen Echo Park remains, but much of it has not survived. Many old amusements, like . . . — Map (db m3228) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — The Clara Barton House
Early headquarters of the American Red Cross and home of Clara Barton, founder and First President, who lived here until her death in 1912. Located just south of this marker, the house had an unusual interior of Steamboat Gothic design with railed . . . — Map (db m303) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — The Glen Echo Park Yurts
How they got here and what goes on inside them. Yurts Around the World. These interesting and unusual buildings function as studios and classrooms in Glen Echo Park. Yurts have a long history. In Mongolia, yurts have been practical homes for . . . — Map (db m37571) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — The Roller Coasters of Glen Echo Amusement Park
Roller Coasters. The first primitive version of a roller coaster called the “Flying Mountain” emerged in Russia in the 1400ís. Americans encountered their first taste of a roller coaster-like thrill ride in 1827 when Josiah . . . — Map (db m3226) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Glen Echo — Trolley Parks In America
The Early Trolley Park. In 1888 in Richmond, Virginia, Frank Sprague revolutionized American travel with his invention of the electric trolley. A new fast and economical transportation dawned. Suburban communities, like Glen Echo, soon opened . . . — Map (db m24185) HM

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