Echoes of the Crowd: Glen Echo Park!

Posted by on September 14, 2009

 

While the kids have gone back to school and our family is gearing up for the fall schedule, I wanted to mention that we visited King’s Island a few weeks ago.  Everyone had a great time and even got to see the new rides, etc. 

However, I’m struck by how many rides have changed at King’s Island and at historical amusement parks in general…how rides are bought, traded and sold…and how parks come and go.

While in the past, I’ve written of Disneyland and Freedomland, just to name a few, I wanted to tell you today about a park in Maryland named Glen Echo. 

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(Source: LOC Prints & Photographs Division)

I’ve never went there, but discovered a great treasure trove of photos from the park on the LOC Prints & Photographs Division website.  It looks like a great park!

 

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(Source: LOC Prints & Photographs Division)

After digging around and investigating the park’s history, it seems it started out as an educational facility:

(Source: Google Books—See link below)

It also played a role in World War II, having been a host to the vast new population of Washington DC.  Wartime restrictions, however, forced the park to close and then re-open in the post-war period. 

The later history of Glen Echo is probably known best via the role played in the Civil Rights Movement of the Sixties, in which it played a pivotal role. 

  

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(Source: LOC Prints & Photographs Division)

While today, it is gradually being re-used and repurposed, it’s still a great piece of American history that you should know about.  I’ve included some links below to various websites and sources of information that can help you find out more on this historic park!

Have a great day!

 

Links:

 Flickr Group:  Glen Echo Group

“Summer of Change” (Glen Echo and the Civil Rights Movement) Oral History

Trolley Trips in and about Fascinating Washington

Glen Echo Park History & Culture

Glen Echo Park (Current Site)

Glen Echo Park (Wikipedia)

Glen Echo Park Then & Now (PDF)

Sources:

Source: LOC Prints & Photographs Division

Google Books:  Trolley Trips in and about Fascinating Washington

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