Logan Circle Just Ahead

Logan Circle Just Ahead (HM1IQ5)

Location: Washington, DC 20009
Country: United States of America

N 38° 54.641', W 77° 1.75'

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A Fitting Tribute

— Logan Circle Heritage Trail —

Some of the City's finest Victorian Houses ring Logan Circle. While the area appears on the L'Enfant Plan of 1791, it took Alexander "Boss" Shephard's improvements to make these grand houses of the 1870s and '80s possible.
Three Union leaders of the Civil War set up housekeeping on the new Iowa Circle, as Logan Circle was originally named. General Eliphalet Whittlesey of Number 8 worked for the Freedman's Bureau after the war and helped start Howard University. Captain Allen V. Reed, wartime commander of the USS Kansas lived at 6 Logan Circle; his daughters remained there into the 1930s. General Benjamin Brice, Paymaster general, lived at number 20.
Most notable was former Union Army General John A. Logan. On June 12, 1885, African American bands played and a crowd cheered as Logan arrived home at Iowa Circle. The recently re-elected U.S. senator from Illinois was known for promoting civil rights and establishing Memorial Day in 1868. After thanking the crowd, Logan invited all inside, where he reportedly shook a thousand hands. In 1901 veterans joined Congress to fund the circle's monument to Logan.
By 1930 nearby Howard University had attracted many affluent black families to Logan Circle. With U Street's "Black Broadway" so close, and segregation barring African Americans from white-owned hotels, entrepreneurs converted some large houses into lodgings that catered to black traveler. Myrtle Williams who opened the Cadillac Hotel at 1500 Vermont Avenue in 1941 explained "We like to travel, but we could never find a decent place where a colored person could lay his head." The Negro Green Book lised DC's welcoming accommodations.
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HM NumberHM1IQ5
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Marker Number7
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC, Logan Circle Heritage Trail
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Date Added Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324062 N 4308822
Decimal Degrees38.91068333, -77.02916667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.641', W 77° 1.75'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 38.46" N, 77° 1' 45" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1524-1556 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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