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BikeAbout 2013

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BikeAbout 2013
For more information about the history of Columbia, MD
visit us at www.ColumbiaArchives.org

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Short route back to Lake Elkhorn
Lake Elkhorn, Columbia’s third man-made lake was dedicated on June 22, 1974. At 37 acres, it is Columbia’s largest lake. It is named for the Elkhorn Branch of the Little Patuxent River which feeds it.
Kings Contrivance Restaurant There’s a lot of history here. The building was the boyhood home of Howard County Circuit Court Judge James Macgill, a descendant of Reverend James Macgill. The building was converted to a restaurant and named by former American Ambassador Kingdon Gould, who subsequently sold the restaurant and surrounding land to The Rouse Company during the land acquisition for Columbia.
Atholton Shopping Center The shopping center was developed in 1962 opening with four businesses: Central Bank, Hill’s Barber Shop, Atholton Realty Co., and Atholton Pharmacy. Pre-dating the development of Columbia it was one of the signs of the coming evolution of Howard County from rural to suburban. It coincided with the beginning of Allview and the other small developments in the immediate area.
Macgill Family Connections Macgill’s Common is named for Reverend James Macgill who was sent to the area as minister to Christ Church, Queen Caroline Parish in 1730. The first Macgill residence was Athol located on Martin Road. Macgill descendants built the home that eventually became Kings Contrivance Restaurant.
Kings Contrivance Restaurant
Atholton Shopping Center
Macgill Family Connections
Iris Hill
Iris Hill is one of the historic names of this home which dates to the late 1700s. It has also been known as Whitehall, Glenburnie and Worthington’s Quarter. The cemetery behind the house tells a story of the property’s rich history. It includes the 19th century graves of Worthingtons and Dorseys and the graves of more recent owners Hans Kindler, founder and conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, and his wife Alice. The Kindlers owned the property in the early 1900s.
Huntington Park
The Middle Patuxent, along with the Little Patuxent, and the main stem of the
Patuxent River, form the largest watershed completely within the state of Maryland flowing to the Chesapeake Bay. The watershed for the Middle Patuxent alone covers more than 37,000 acres just in Howard County. Did you know the Maryland Department of Natural Resources stocks trout in the Middle Patuxent River?
Utilizing natural resources and providing active recreation areas, such as tot lots and playfields, was discussed at the very earliest meetings of the Columbia planning team. The smaller tot lots dotting the open space were generally geared to pre-school children. Features of early tot lots included wooden forts, tire trees, stepping columns, sandboxes and spring animals. Columbia’s demographics have changed over the years and Columbia Association is exploring how gathering spaces can evolve over time to meet the changing needs and interests of the population.
Middle
Patuxent River
A Theme Park in Columbia? In 1972 Marriott Corporation proposed building Great America, an 800-acre theme park, in the area that is now the Huntington neighborhood. It would have been the third largest theme park in the nation at that time and included an animal preserve, a marine life park, an amusement park with six sections representing different regions of the United States, a hotel, shopping plaza, and a campground. Two citizen groups, CHAMP (Countians Happy About Marriott’s Park) and CRAMP (Columbia Residents Against Marriott Proposal), were formed to support and oppose the park, respectively. After many hearings and much public testimony the Howard County Council, sitting as the zoning board, decided against a change in zoning which would have permitted the new park.
Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge
The bridge was built in 1902 to carry the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad over the Little Patuxent River. The train carried heavy loads of granite from the Guilford quarries until 1925. In 2002 Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks celebrated the opening of the restored bridge which now carries walkers and bike riders across the river. Extensive signage at the site tells the story of the bridge, the quarries, the railroad and the town of Guilford.
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10 miles
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1.7 miles
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Thank you to Columbia Amateur Radio Association, Princeton Sports, Howard County Police, Giant, Wegmans, Harris Teeter and ALL the BikeAbout volunteers for helping to make this ride informative, safe and fun.
Photo by Fred Dorsey
Photo by Fred Dorsey
Photo by Fred Dorsey
Photo by Fred Dorsey
Photo by Fred Dorsey
Photo by Fred Dorsey
Photo by Fred Dorsey
Photo by Sean Harbaugh
Photo by Sean Harbaugh
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