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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

H Street History Trail Launches September 15th

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Chances are that you've noticed those snazzy new informational signs popping up on, and around, H Street. These are part of Hub, Home, Heart: Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail. This history trail was a multi-year effort, and required lots of research. Here's more info about it from Cultural Tourism DC.

Hub, Home, Heart: Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail invites you to follow the tracks of history through the working-class neighborhoods that formed around Washington’s Union Station. Take in the Beaux-Arts grandeur of Union Station and the National Postal Museum, then wind your way through the row houses that sheltered railroad porters and engineers, community and spiritual leaders, and immigrant entrepreneurs. See the place where the football huddle was invented and witness H Street’s most recent renewal, spurred by the Atlas Performing Arts Center. 

Hub, Home, Heart: Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail consists of 18 illustrated signs that take you through yesterday’s baseball stadiums, breweries, and convents. It is Washington, DC’s 13th Official Walking Trail. The first sign is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and First Street, NE, across from the Union Station Metro entrance. Because the trail can be walked in any order, you can also find it at the NoMa-Gallaudet U (New York Ave) station on the Red line, or ride the X2 Metrobus to H and 3rd Street, NE. The trail is 3.2 miles long and offers approximately two hours of gentle exercise. 

The self-guided tour treks east from Union Station along F Street NE before turning north up Third Street. It then follows Florida Avenue before looping around to H Street. Walkers are encouraged to follow the trail at their own pace, sampling businesses and restaurants along the way.

You can get the pamphlet online, or at:

Shawafel Lebanese Cuisine 1322A H Street
The Daily Rider 1108 H Street
Metro Mutts 508 H Street
Capital Cleaners 1306 H Street

The official unveiling takes place at 12pm on September 15th (during the H Street Festival) on the stage at 14th and H.


17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't figure out why anyone would want to walk a history trail of H street. This seems like the dumbest thing I have seen in a long time.

grr said...

i don't understand your vitriol. what do you have against it?

4th and G said...

I think this is great. Could you have imagined the City encouraging tourists to take gentle strolls along H Street & Florida Ave. twenty years ago? The overall decreases in crime and increases in amenities allows for this to happen.

Everyone should know a little more about the history of their neighborhoods. It's important to know where the community's been, what it's been through, and where it's going.

inked said...

grr,
That's probably because it makes no sense. 12:06 is a troll. I've been seeing an uptick in troll comments recently. It's best to ignore him.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:06pm is such an obvious TROLL. Where is the troll creativity?!?!

I think this is a great walk/bike ride.

YouCanWinIfYouWant said...

I do have beef with a few of the signs - while the old photos are great, the one at the uline arena has pictures of the beatles having a snowball fight outside but the sign is facing the wrong way(when you're reading the sign, your back is to the coliseum) and the one at G and MD references(and has a pic of) the corner of 12th and F, which is a block away. Can be confusing.

Anonymous said...

The walking tour is probably good for adults, but this is not an appropriate neighborhood for children.

heyktb said...

an "appropriate" neighborhood for children?? what does THAT mean? oh, it was written by an anonymous person. figures. stupid stuff is often written by people unwilling to own up to their comments. what a doofus.
i like the signs. our neighborhood has an important historical significance that extends prior to and beyond the fires following Dr. King's murder.

Anonymous said...

I think this is pretty rad! I'm excited to take the walk. I love this neihgborhood and always enjoy learning more about it.

Well said, 4th and G! I agree!

- Claire



inked said...

I think the signs are pretty cool. The photos are nice, & there's lots of cool historical info.

HeyKTB,
That comment is also meaningless bk 2:04 is also a troll.

If a comment is patently offensive/makes NO sense, or looks like it was written by a ten year old, it's likely the work of a troll.

heyktb said...

Ok. Thanks Inked. I'll ignore the stupidity from now on...

20002ist said...

The trail is a great idea, and the design of the signs is very appealing.

Unfortunately, the fact-checking on some of the narrative text & photo captions was non-existent. Station #17 has a photo described as "looking east from 5th St," when in reality it is obviously looking southwest from 6th & H. (The buildings still exist, so this isn't exactly rocket science.)

The same goes for #3, which claims that the bottling company at 4th/F used to be a Pabst brewery on North Capitol. This is completely wrong/muddled; in reality, the bottler later moved to North Capitol, into a building once used (by an entirely different company) as a Pabst brewery.

tiffanyc said...

troll = dissenting opinion...

inked said...

tiffanyc,
Not true. You aren't seeing some of the stuff that I'm seeing just a few individuals posting. If you saw it I suspect you'd agree with me on this one. If I have a post about a lost dog and you start telling jokes about someone being raped in an alley, or if your comment is a single curse word, that's a good indication that you are probably a troll. Ditto for posting the exact same comment on twenty posts at once even when it's not remotely related.

mizage said...

The sign at 2nd and F has a picture of the mysterious Tiber Creek. Good stuff.

Anonymous said...

Probably not a good idea to take this tour after dark alone. *scary*

inked said...

4:06,
Plus you wouldn't be able to read the signs or see the pictures. Pretty sure it's a daytime activity.