Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:15:06 -0700
From: Robert Sullivan
Subject: Heritage Trail Preview
The LeDroit Park Civic Association has posted a preview of the LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail on their website.
The District Dept. of Transportation has awarded the contract for the fabrication and installation of the signs that comprise the trail, and we should - hopefully - see the completed trail in two-to-three months.
Check out the preview here:
Great news! Hope they are able to get some of the brochures printed, too. Of course, the sign at First and V will probably have to wait until the tunnel work is completed. (None of the signs mention the flooding, or the tunnel construction - maybe that will deserve a mention on signs fifty years from now.)
Hopefully, the Trail will generate some more discussion of Bloomingdale's history. If anyone has any information that they would like to share with the Bloomingdale History Project blog, please add comments on the blog or send an email to me. I;m sure Scott would welcome comments on this blog, as well.
Someone needs to make note of this historical fact...North Capitol St stopped at Boundary St (Rhodes Island Ave). The German Cemetary (I believe called Prospect) owned the land from its current location to almost 1st St NW. All houses prior to 1905 on N Cap was cemetary land with a small road cutting through. A court order allow development.
Also, many homes in bloomingdale built post 1905 were built as state of the art at the time. no fireplaces installed because they were using radiator heat with boilers. I discovered this when i gutted my own home that was built in 1910.
For the trail to include bloomingdale there isnt a lot of information or markers regarding it. will they add more historical facts about it?
If anyone is interested in this area, you can look at the 1903 Baist map that shows the Prospect Hill Cemetery and the portion which was west of North Capitol. I have a brief post (with a snip from the map) about it here - http://bloomingdalehistoryproject.blogspot.com/2013/08/prospect-hill-cemetery.html
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