Learn About The History Of Takoma Park MD


Takoma Park is found in the Montgomery County, Maryland. It's not only counted as a part of themetropolitan, Area but is a county of Washington. Initially known as "Azalea City," The Park was started in 1883. It is found along the metropolitan part of the Ohio railroad. The town is associated with B.F Gilbert who foresaw civic and political activism with the aim to solve the problems of the community. The railroad aided its economic development. Unlike other towns, the city has survived up to now.

The 19th Century

It got its name on the year that was founded. The name Takoma, which means "near heaven" was given by the resident of DC known as Ida Summy. Gilbert bought 100 acres of land in Takoma, which is today's Aspen Street, Willow and Avenue. Around 1885 the town had about 100 residents. He also purchased another piece of land which is today Woodland Avenue andJunction.
A contractor by the name Fred Dudley built several homes in Takoma. One of them that still stands up to date is the Cady-Lee home that is along Pineyroad. It was added as the town in 1890 when Gilbert was elected as town mayor. Other residents such as George Bailey and Frederick Lung were elected to posts in the town council.

The Early 20th Century

The Seventh Day Adventist Church bought five acres of land in 1904 that they intended to build their church at the Park. The property was along Willow, Laurel and Caroll Avenue. Nevertheless, the church decided to move their headquarters to DC. The church bought over 50 acres of land at the Park along the Sligo Creek. also, the park served as the headquarters for the church until they moved in 1989 to Silver Spring. The Sligo Creel was the ideal place for the church because there washigher chance of increasing the number of people in an urban place Plus, there was access to fresh water from the Spring Park.
In 1922, the city was reported that it had more than 6500 residents living on both the Maryland and DC side. The area also had several African American residents who came during the end of the civil war.

The Late 20th Century

The community came together in the 1960's to refuse the bisection of the town. It's because the government wanted to build freeway that would lead to the displacement of several homes. Plus, they also came together in 1970's to resist the building ofvast parking to serve the metro. In the 1990's the residents also prevented the construction of a strip mall in the town.

In July 1997, there was the unification that involved moving the county line to includes Montgomery County.It was just after the 1995 state referendum wheremajority of the people voted for the unification of Prince George's County to Montgomery County.

The Town still uphold its Unity

The town hasn't lost its sense of unity. The bond has grown stronger. The citizens always unite to ensure the interests of the town are upheld. The residents from both sides have joined to come up with the plan for the future of the city. The residents are friendly and always welcome new residents. Plus the new residents get to learn about the community's social and economic development.