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Takoma Park (Images of America Series)

Historic Takoma Inc.

The story of Takoma Park begins in 1883 when B. F. Gilbert purchased 90 acres of hilly woodlands straddling the District of Columbia-Maryland border and laid out Washington’s first railroad suburb, ideally situated for the families of federal workers. Envisioning a healthful and forward-looking community, Gilbert also arranged for leaders of the health-minded Seventh-day Adventist Church to move to Takoma Park. By the early 20th century, the town was well established, and residents were creating traditions to pass on to those who followed, including an Independence Day celebration that is one of the oldest in the state. Community activism has been a hallmark of Takoma Park since a 1965 plan to build a freeway through the heart of the town. This sparked a citizen-led protest that stopped construction and led to the creation of historic districts on both sides of the D.C.-Maryland boundary line. The city’s reputation as a feisty and culturally diverse community continues to be a source of pride, attracting artists, activists, and new residents from countries around the world.

Washington on Foot, Fifth Edition: 24 Walking Tours and Maps of Washington, DC, Old Town Alexandria, and Takoma Park

John J. Protopappas, Judith Meany

The best way to see—really see—any city is on foot. The perennial favorite Washington on Foot has been completely revised and updated to offer 24 walking tours of Washington's neighborhoods. Familiar monuments and museums are all here, side-by-side with lesser-known historic sites and storied residential neighborhoods. Washington on Foot offers history, culture, architecture, urban planning, and more. It's the complete city in a tidy package and the only "outdoor" Washington guidebook needed. Ideal not only for visitors but for locals who truly want to get to know their city. The updated fifth edition of this essential guide features user-friendly maps, architectural illustrations, historical and culture information, and much more.

Washington on Foot, Fourth Edition

John J. Protopappas, Alvin R. Mcneal

The best way to see—really see—any city is on foot. This perennial favorite has been completely revised and updated to offer 23 walking tours of Washington's neighborhoods, complete with user-friendly maps and architectural illustrations. Familiar monuments and museums are all here, side-by-side with lesser-known historic residential neighborhoods. More than just a collection of tours, Washington on Foot offers history, culture, architectural information, background on urban planning in DC, and much more. It's the complete city in a tidy package and the only “outdoor” Washington guidebook you need, ideal not only for visitors, but for locals who truly want to get to know their city.

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