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— Brightwood Heritage Trail —Fresh Water Springs in this pleasant high ground once drew European settlers. Farmers called the area "Crystal Spring." In 1859 the half-mile Crystal Spring Racetrack opened on land to your left. For 75 cents, Washingtonians hopped a stagecoach from Washington City (south of Florida Avenue) for a day at the races. Later known as the Brightwood Trotting Park, the course attracted laborers, congressmen, and everyone in between. Over time horses, bicycles, autos, and even mules competed along the track. A reservoir was built near the track in 1899, and tennis courts were added later. Racing continued until 1909. In 1936 the reservoir was filled in for the courts and playing fields of today's Rock Creek Tennis Center on 16th Street.
|Placed By||Cultural Tourism DC|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 2:49pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 323817 N 4313850|
|Decimal Degrees||38.95591667, -77.03328333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 57.355', W 77° 1.997'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 57' 21.30" N, 77° 1' 59.82" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 5427 14th St NW, Washington DC 20011, US|
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