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MBT_140926_04.JPG: Rail History:
By the time of the Civil War, the importance of railroads, and especially a connection to Washington, had been realized. President Abraham Lincoln endorsed the construction of the Metropolitan Branch Line -- which connected Washington, DC with the main line of the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad, the first long-distance railroad in the US.
The 42.5-mile line, completed in 1873, originally had nine stops: "Terra Cotta, Silver Spring, Knowles, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Boyd's, Dickerson's, and Tuscarora." Six trains ran each way, three local and three express. Service quickly expanded to 28 stops as the B&O added connections for mills, dairy farms and burgeoning suburban developments. The express trains took one hour and 20 minutes to go from Washington to Point of Rocks, and the locals a half-hour longer. By 1893 the railroad hit its high point with 18 passenger trains a day, a figure that would continue through the 1920s.
With the establishment of the railroad, for the firs time the country became accessible to the city, and the markets of DC became accessible to the farmers to sell perishable goods such as garden produce, fruit and milk.
The railroad also brought many new residents to the area and transformed the life of the city. Takoma Park, Linden, Woodside, Forest Glen, Capitol View, Kensington and Garret Park were all park of a brand-new concept in the 1880s -- railroad suburbs.
MBT_140926_06.JPG: Where are you?
What is now the neighborhood of Edgewood was originally outside the boundaries of the District of Columbia. Part of a 30-acre farmland estate called Metropolis View, Edgewood was purchased in 1863 by Salmon Chase, who built Edgewood Manor, naming it for its location on the edge of the woods.
Salmon Portland Chase (1808-1873) was an American politician, jurist, supporter of women's rights and public education, and abolitionist who worked defending escaped slaves, arguing the constitutionality of fugitive slave laws before the U.S. Supreme Court. He came to Washington in 1861 as the US Treasury Secretary under Abraham Lincoln and remained as Chief Justice from 1864 until his death in 1873, at which time his daughter, Kate, moved into the estate. Known as an intelligent beauty and nicknamed "the Belle of the North," she earned high praise from The Washington Post, which called her the "most brilliant woman of her day None outshone her."
By the 1890s the Metropolitan Branch Line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad had been built east of the estate and was being used by commuters accessing weekend and summer homes. As the frequency of the trains increased, city residents considered residing full-time in what had been considered "the country." At this time, much of the Edgewood estate was platted for residential purposes. The streets were named in the District's alphabetical fashion, though the streets of Bryant, Channing, Douglas and Evarts were named after cities and were called Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Emporia and Frankfort.
In the mid-1900s, the manor made way for the St. Vincent Orphanage Asylum and Catholic School to the south, and later to the Edgewood Terrace Apartments to the north.
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Wikipedia Description: Metropolitan Branch Trail
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The Metropolitan Branch Trail, also called the Met Branch Trail, is an 8-mile (13 km) planned rail trail will run from the Silver Spring, Maryland Transit Center to Union Station in the District of Columbia. It serves to extend the Capital Crescent Trail where it merges with the active WMATA/CSX railroad into the National Capital. At Fort Totten a connector trail to the Northwest Branch Trail of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System at Hyattsville, Maryland will be constructed; and an on-street connection to the National Mall will be constructed from Union Station. When completed, the Metropolitan Branch Trail will serve as part of the East Coast Greenway.
Seven miles of the trail are within Washington, DC and one mile (1.6 km) is in Maryland. The trail gets its name from the Metropolitan Subdivision of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), which the trail parallels. The remainder of the trail closely parallels the current WMATA/CSX tracks into Maryland. It is anchored by two significant railroad landmarks, Union Station and the old B&O Railroad Station in Silver Spring.
The Metropolitan Branch Trail was first conceived in 1988, by Patrick Hare, of the Brookland neighborhood. Working with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in 1989, Hare organized a group of eleven area cyclists to conduct an exploratory walk/ride. Soon after, motivated by CSX's plans to develop the Eckington Rail Yard needed for the trail, the Coalition for the Metropolitan Branch Trail was formed to explore and promote the potential for a multi-use trail. Prior to that the trail was sometimes called the 'Dome to Dome Trail' because it would connect the Capital Dome and the Catholic University dome. The Metropolitan Branch Trail entered the DC Comprehensive Plan in the early 1990s and in 1997 the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) completed an engineering feasibility st ...More...
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2014 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
three Civil War Trust conferences (Winchester, VA, Nashville, TN, and Atlanta, GA),
Michigan to visit mom in the hospice before she died and then a return trip after she died, and
my 9th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Sacramento, Oakland, and Los Angeles).
Ego strokes: Paul Dickson used one of my photos as the author photo in his book "Aphorisms: Words Wrought by Writers".
Number of photos taken this year: just over 470,000.