Thursday, April 15, 2010
These photographs are the photographer's choice of the most visually engaging portraits and moments at the kickoff celebration of Pike 200, held April 12, 2010 in the Salsa Room, 2619 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Over two hundred people came out to commemorate the Congressional Charter of April 12, 1810 which established the Columbia Turnpike Company.
Sara Collins, noted Arlington historian and Columbia Pike expert, Dr. Talmadge Williams of the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington, Todd Endo of the Urban Alternative and CPDP, and Chris Zimmerman, Arlington County Board Vice-Chairman, all related the rich history of Columbia Pike from the days of the Civil War to today’s culturally diverse urban community.
There was also be a special performance by the Columbia Pike Community Chorus of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" which is believed to have been composed while traveling along Columbia Pike during the Civil War.
Chef Natoli and his students at the Arlington Career Center’s Culinary Arts and Sciences Program prepare a PIKE 200 birthday cake.
Change, change, and more change. And a moment to mark our history.
Photography by Lloyd Wolf