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Eckington Community Profile



On the east:                Washington Metro's Brentwood Yard
On the south:              Florida Avenue
On the west:               North Capitol Street
On the north:               Rhode Island Avenue


History and/or Description of Community

The land which became Eckington was the country home of JOSEPH GALES, JR., owner of the National intelligencer newspaper and mayor of washington from 1827 to 1830. Gales bought the Northeast tract in 1815, and in 1830 erected a two-story house on the hilltop, about where Third and U Streets intersect today. Gales named his estate Eckington after the village in england in which he was born.

In 1887, Eckington was bought by george truesdell and his wife Frances, who subdivided the property, improved it substantially for habitation, sold lots, and built several houses. Truesdell undertook extensive grading operations to level the landscape of his 87 acre Eckington subdivision. He laid down water and sewer pipes, paved streets in asphalt and concrete, and erected a stand pipe near the old Gales house. A steam pump brought water to the stand pipe, which distributed water throughout the new neighborhood. Truesdell erected five “pretty cottages” which, according to an 1888 newspaper account, were “all fitted up as city houses,” with steam heat and hot and cold running water. In three years Truesdell spent $500,000 improving the subdivision.

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McKinley SHS


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New York Avenue/Florida Avenue/Galludet University

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