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Description of Subject Matter: Takoma Park, Maryland is located in Montgomery County Maryland, immediately adjacent to Washington DC. First planned as a commuter suburb, The City of Takoma Park was founded in 1883 by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert along the Metropolitan Branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
The City was incorporated in 1890 and is governed by the City Council, with a Mayor and six Councilmembers employing the Council/Manager form of government.
The City of Takoma Park has 17,229 residents, as of the 2000 census. These citizens are unusually diverse in age, ethnicity, language, economic condition, and length of residence. We are also the home of many writers, musicians, and artists.
The residents of Takoma Park have joined together in many churches, neighborhood associations, civic groups, and arts organizations. We have concerts, exhibits, political crusades, dances, neighborhood parties, quilting bees, and volunteer action projects.
Over seven hundred businesses and non-profit organizations are located in Takoma Park, most of them small.
Takoma Park is a sanctuary city, an official "Tree City, USA", and is also widely known as Azalea City. It is a nuclear free zone, has an award-winning recycling program, and supports the work of historic preservation groups. Residents who are not yet U.S. citizens may vote in local elections and hold local elective office.
What is the history of Takoma Park?
In 1883 B.F. Gilbert purchased 100 acres of land in Washington DC, and Maryland. His goal was to create a "sylvan suburb of the National Capitol" and it was one of the first 3 railroad-accessible suburbs in the DC area. His initial development was successful and he bought an additional 1000 acres of nearby land in 1886. The site was chosen for its healthful qualities. It is at 350 feet in elevation, high enough to avoid the malaria and mosquitoes that prevailed Washington DC at the time. It also had a clean water supply and access to Sligo Creek. By 1907, a sanitarium a ...More...
Wikipedia Description: Takoma Park, Maryland
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Takoma Park is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. The population was 17,299 at the 2000 census.
Takoma Park was founded by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert in 1883 and incorporated in 1890. It was the first planned commuter suburb in the area, and also bore aspects of a spa and trolley park. For many decades it was world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist church denomination, which has a college, hospital, and radio station there.
Since before the incorporation of Takoma Park in 1890, the Montgomery/Prince George's County boundary cut through the current city boundaries, but pursuant to a popular referendum, and subsequent approval by both counties' councils, and the Maryland General Assembly, on July 1, 1997 the county line was moved to include all of the city in Montgomery County, including some territory newly annexed to the city at the time. (Residents in the Prince Georges portion disliked having to pay higher insurance rates, and being part of a county noted for its much higher crime and lower public school scores). At one time an extension of Interstate 95, also known as the North Central Freeway, was proposed that would have cut the city in two. Sam Abbott and others successfully campaigned to prevent this.
Also dividing the community is the boundary line of the District of Columbia, which contains part of the original Gilbert tract. This area is now known as Takoma, Washington, D.C. While politically separate from Takoma Park, Maryland, it shares its history and much of its culture.
Takoma Park is located at [show location on an interactive map] 38°58'48?N, 77°0'8?W (38.980060, -77.002341).
The city of Takoma Park is just northeast of Washington, D.C. at latitude 38°59' North, longitude 77°0' West. The Takoma Park community (as distinct from the actual incorporated area) spills over the D.C.-Maryland line into the Takoma neighborhood of the District, ...More...
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TAKOMP_130303_02.JPG: User comment (suggested): From a Model to a Rainbow
by Sam Gilliam
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2013 photos: So far, my camera is mostly the Fuji X-S1 but, depending on the event, I'm also using a Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600.
Trips this year have been limited to a Civil War Trust conference in Memphis.