Laurel and Carroll AvenuesIn 1888 B. F. Gilbert, the founder of Takoma Park, built a log cabin to celebrate the presidential campaign of Benjamin Harrison. The cabin stood on the east side of Laurel at Carroll Avenue until it burned to the ground on Halloween in 1915. It was used by both political parties for rallies and speeches, and later served as a town meeting place, a chapel, a firehouse, a jail, and finally a tool-shed. A 60-foot tower adjacent to it built in 1889, was used by city residents for panoramic views of the countryside and as a platform for speeches and band concerts. By 1893, the tower was judged to be unsafe as was dismantled.
|Placed By||Historic Takoma, Inc|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 4:31pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 325679 N 4315872|
|Decimal Degrees||38.97450000, -77.01231667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 58.47', W 77° 0.739'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 58' 28.20" N, 77° 0' 44.34" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||301, 240|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6927 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912, US|
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