Takoma Park was founded and developed as a suburb by Benjamin F. Gilbert in 1883. It was the first commuter suburb in the area and was originally located on approximately 100 acres of land around the B & O Railroad tracks. Gilbert, in planning his suburb, ignored jurisdictional lines, and the original town of Takoma Park straddles the line between the District of Columbia and Maryland. The DC portion is also known as Takoma Park, or more usually Takoma. Much of it is a historic district.
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Its Name Lacks a ‘Park,’ but Not Its Vibe
By Mara Lee
Takoma has had an activist spirit from the start. An early example: Georgia Avenue was a toll road in the neighborhood's early days, and residents built out Piney Branch Road to avoid the payments...