'A Seventh Generation Washingtonian'

by Nancy Darcey Rudy

As a seventh generation Washingtonian my family's history permits me to call myself an authentic native Washingtonian. As a Washingtonian you have no problem recalling taking a trolley to Glen Echo Park; it was special, and a favorite place to go as a family. You could see yourself distorted in the Hall of Mirrors, ride the wood roller coaster, dance to the music of Glen Miller in the Spanish Ballroom, sun on the sand beach of the Crystal Pool, try your luck at the shooting gallery, whack your bumper car into someone else's while the sparks flew from the electrified ceiling or a ride on the Dentzel Carousel.

The Hot Shoppes, was the place to go to have a "Frosted A & W Root Beer" ($.20, a "Mighty Mo" or a Hamburger Royal on a Grilled Roll ($.20) and a Teen Twist. On Sunday evenings you could attend a free Water Gate concert. The stage was a barge anchored in the Potomac. You would rent a canoe at Fletchers Boat house and leisurely paddle to the barge and spend an evening enjoying the music. In those days Capital Transit trolley-car tracks ran along most of the major streets. A taxi from Downtown to Tentleytown cost $3.00.

If you recalled some of the above then consider yourself a Washingtonian.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 26, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Reader Submission
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