Glen Echo, Maryland

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Glen Echo is a town in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, that was chartered in 1904. The population was 242 at the 2000 census.

Glen Echo derives its name from Edward and Edwin Baltzley, who came up with name circa 1888. Their advertising booklet for the town was titled "Glen Echo on the Potomac: The Washington Rhine".[1]

The town is famous for its chautauqua cultural events and its old amusement park, the famous Glen Echo Park, now a U.S. National Park.

Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, lived in Glen Echo the last 15 years of her life.

Pictures of Glen Echo, including Glen Echo Park are available on Wikimedia Commons page on Glen Echo.



Glen Echo is located at 38°58′07″N 77°08′33″W / 38.968710°N 77.142451°W / 38.968710; -77.142451.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 242 people, 91 households, and 63 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,217.8 people per square mile (849.4/km²). There were 93 housing units at an average density of 852.3/sq mi (326.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.87% White, 2.48% African American, 1.24% Asian, 0.41% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.65% of the population.

There were 91 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.00.

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