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Description of Pictures: A tornado had hit the area a few days before. I was working in the office and heard about it afterward. At that point, there were no real emergency warning systems in the building other than the general evacuation ones. They said they didn't send those out because they didn't want people to go on the street. But they didn't really want us working by windows either. After 9/11, new phone systems with broadcasting capabilities were installed.
The tornado itself did a fair amount of damage in some areas and killed several people. At the Agricultural Research Center, long-term experiments that had been going on for years were destroyed. The rubble shown in some of these pictures is from an old house and motel cabins that were getting ripped down anyway for a new IKEA that was coming in. The shopping center was hit in a few areas -- mostly the Bed Bath and Beyond but also the Home Depot store. They fixed the stores up pretty quickly.
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Copyrights: All pictures were taken by amateur photographer Bruce Guthrie (me!) who retains copyright on them. Free for non-commercial use with attribution. See the [Creative Commons] definition of what this means. "Photos (c) Bruce Guthrie" is fine for attribution. (Commercial use folks can of course contact me.) Feel free to use in publications and pages with attribution but you don't have permission to sell the photos themselves. A free copy of any printed publication using any photographs is requested. Descriptive text, if any, is from a mixture of sources, quite frequently from signs at the location or from official web sites; copyrights, if any, are retained by their original owners.
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US1_011001_01.JPG: These motel rooms had been part of a place that had been closed for years. I'm told that they had started tearing them down. The tornado coming through the area probably helped them. Now this is a large parking area for a new IKEA store.
US1_011001_03.JPG: There had been an ornate looking building here that was on the site of the Rhodes Tavern where George Washington had dined at one point in 1798.
US1_011001_06.JPG: This was the backside of a fancy building with columns that had stood in front of the now-destroyed motel rooms. The tornado came through and destroyed the chimney and part of the roof. The building was torn down shortly thereafter.
US1_011001_09.JPG: This is the Agricultural Research Center. The tornado had selectively destroyed roofs and parts of the clock tower. It also touched on a few research labs which had been running multi-year experiments which were all destroyed.
US1_011001_12.JPG: This mall is inside the Beltway off of Route 1. The tornado did major damage to the facade of the Linens and Things that's here.
US1_011001_14.JPG: Trees were completely uprooted at the Agricultural Research Center
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Wikipedia Description: U.S. Route 1 in Maryland
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U.S. Route 1 (US 1) is the easternmost and longest of the major north–south routes of the United States Numbered Highway System, running from Key West, Florida to Fort Kent, Maine. In the U.S. state of Maryland, an 80.86-mile (130.13 km) segment of the route runs through central Maryland between Mount Rainier and Rising Sun.
US 1 is paralleled by several major highways as it passes through Maryland, including Interstate 95, the Baltimore–Washington Parkway, U.S. Route 29, and U.S. Route 301. Thus, US 1 has lost its significance as a long distance route through the state. It is often congested, however, because it remains a major route in the individual towns it traverses. ...
Colonial and turnpike eras
The original predecessors of US 1 were a collection of dirt roads cut through the forests and farmland of central and northern Maryland in the 18th century. Construction of these roads was governed by a 1704 Act of the Province of Maryland requiring counties to oversee construction build 20-foot (6.1 m) wide roads to benefit transport of carts between population centers. The first segment of the road between Baltimore and Washington was built in 1741 between Baltimore and Elkridge as a southward extension of a road between Baltimore and Hanover, Pennsylvania. Passage across the Patapsco River at Elkridge was provided by Norwood's Ferry. In 1749, the road was blazed to Georgetown via Waterloo, Laurel, and Bladensburg. The highway north of Baltimore was a road constructed in the second half of the 18th century to connect the port of Baltimore with farms in Baltimore and Harford counties in Maryland and in Lancaster and Chester counties in Pennsylvania. From the docks in Baltimore, the road passed through Harry Dorsey Gough's plantation at Perry Hall (whence it was called "Gough's Road" or "Perry Hall Road" during this stretch) and Kingsville on its way to Bel Air. The highway headed e ...More...
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2001 photos: Image quality isn't going to be very good because these are scans of prints. In 2001, I was using a Pentax ME Super SLR camera. This was way before I went digital so the images you see on this site were manually scanned from the original prints, some 4x6 and some 5x7. This was the year of 9/11 and many of the places that had been commonplace to visit beforehand suddenly became a pain in the neck or not available at all. I took a two-week trip right before 9/11 in New England and then took a one-week trip afterward to North Carolina.