Originally Georgia Avenue was in SE, not NW.
Many things have changed in Washington since Congress moved to the city in 1800. One of those things is Georgia Avenue. When the city became the seat of government, Georgia Avenue was located in the Southeast quadrant and connected the Navy Yard with Asylum Square ( the location of RFK Stadium today).
Then, in 1894, Augustus Octavius Bacon — a lawyer from Macon, Ga. — came to Washington to represent his state in the U.S. Senate. The Georgia Avenue he found here did not please him. It was unpaved, it was full of potholes, and it was frequently a muddy mess. Visitors to Congressional Cemetery had to pass along this venue after stepping off the streetcar at 14th and Georgia.
Brightwood Avenue was originally known as the 7th Street Turnpike and was built in 1810. It connected Washington with Rockville, Md., leaving the city from its northern boundary where 7th Street crosses today’s Florida Avenue.
As news of Bacon’s plan spread, residents of Brightwood Avenue protested. Residents of Georgia Avenue, SE, also protested. Yet neither would prevail. Ultimately, Bacon was able to push an amendment through Congress in 1908 and have Georgia Avenue assigned to the road to Rockville.
After considering the names “Naval Avenue” and “Navy Yard Avenue,” it was decided that the former Georgia Avenue would be renamed Potomac Avenue.
You can read the sentiments of one of Georgia Avenue, SE’s, residents published in the May 3, 1908, Washington Post after the jump.History, People, Streets and Trees comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.