Do you ever think about some of Howard County's old landmarks that are no longer with us? Or perhaps look at a new housing development orindustrial park and wonder what used to be there? When you drive past something on a regular basis you tend to forget what was there before, because you grow accustomed to the changes.
I was thinking about some old landmarks that have disappeared in the past 30 years thatI remember from when my family first lived here.
Let's start with One-Spot, the dog-shaped building on U.S. 1 nearJessup that sold flea powder. In fact, the community there was knownas One-Spot. Going north on U.S. 1 there was a favorite pizza place known as Deze's at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Waterloo Road. It was torn down when Route 175 and U.S. 1 were realigned. A gas station stands on the site now. Speaking of Waterloo Road, don't forget Waterloo Middle School, which was razed to build Deep Run Elementary School.
Proceeding north on U.S. 1, not far from the intersection with 176 (Dorsey Road), and off Dorsey Road, was the Dorsey Speedway, a quarter-mile dirt track that had motorcycle races on Friday nights and ran late model stock cars as
its premier division every Saturday night until September 1985. It is now the site of an office park.
When you get to Elkridge on U.S. 1 there was the Dog House, near the intersection of U.S. 1 and Montgomery Road. Under its original ownership, the Dog House had the best foot-long hot dogs I've had anywhere. The building has been vacant since a fire (during the tenure of a later owner) closed it in 1987. Not far across the street from the Dog House was the Elkridge Drive-In. It had been closed for a number of years when, in 1987, a windstorm toppled the screen, destroying it.
As you head up Montgomery Road toward Ellicott City, remember the house at Miller's Corner (intersection of Old Montgomery Road and Montgomery Road)? You know, the one that cars missing the turn sometimes ended up in? It was burned by the fire department for practice in 1987.
Remember Dunteachin Farm on Kerger Road off of Montgomery Road? You could pick your own strawberries, and they had the best white cornin the summer. It's gone to a housing development -- Strawberry Fields. Not far from there on Montgomery Road, the Rising Sun Horse Ranchnear Ilchester Road is also gone for housing development now under construction.
As we head closer to Ellicott City on Montgomery Road, do you remember Tyler's Store, a long-time country-type store? It was razed in 1984 to build Stone Hill Farm, a housing development.
How about the old YMCA building on Montgomery Road -- a white house that had been a private home? It was demolished when the existing "Y" building was completed.
And across the road the next to the National Guard Armory: Remember Schaeffer's Convalescent Home? Once a huge mansion known as Elk Ridge Farm, it was taken down in the '70s to make way for retail development.
As we get to the intersection of U.S. 29 and Montgomery Road, there was the original home of Ridings Liquors, now in Wilde Lake. It closed when U.S. 29 was widened to four lanes in the late '60s. More recently on that site was a seafood shop. Today, nothing remains of either -- a new cloverleaf intersection is in that location's future.
Heading south on U.S. 29 to Columbia, how can we forget the infamous Route 108 and U.S. 29 intersection? Once famous for its incredible traffic backups, an overpass takes the place of a traffic signal. In that same area, do you recall Allview Golf Course? Now the greens are filled with houses.
Do you remember the original entrance road to Columbia? You can find remnants of it inthe Vantage Point area near the Red Cross Headquarters and Oliver's Carriage House. And while in Columbia, how many of you recall when Sewell's Orchards really were orchards and a country produce store? Notall that long ago -- just the '70s.
Many of you recall all these places, lots of us miss them, but for newer residents, these places never existed.
Let's hope that not too many more county landmarks disappear to development. We've already lost a lot of our past and toomuch of the new looks all the same.