|The Silver Spring CDP (dark orange) in 2010, with most of Four Corners left out. Image from Wikimedia Commons.|
The topic of "where is Silver Spring?" is fascinating to me. First of all, it shows that few people know or care about census-designated places (CDPs), which give borders to all unincorporated places in America, but the question is an interesting social phenomenon as well. I wrote on this topic over two years ago, but let's delve a little deeper into the relationship between Four Corners and Silver Spring.
|The map of Christy and Dan's survey results. Dark green areas represent places that more people agreed were Silver Spring, while lighter green areas saw less consensus among respondents. Image by Christy Batta.|
A September 1940 advertisement for a house in Indian Spring Village, now Woodmoor, makes no reference to the house being in Silver Spring. The name "Silver Spring" is only brought up in the driving directions to the home: "To Reach: At traffic light in Silver Spring, take Colesville Pike easterly past golf course to Four Corners, then right one-quarter mile to property entrance on left."
Furthermore, a 1923 real estate ad for Seven Oaks, a community straddling Sligo Creek that is considered to be in Silver Spring today, also only brings up Silver Spring in the driving directions to the development: "Drive out 16th St. to Alaska Avenue, out Alaska Avenue to Georgia Avenue, out Georgia Avenue through Silver Spring to Sligo, turn to right at Sligo on the Colesville Pike and about 500 yards from Sligo on your right you will come to the entrance of Seven Oaks".
|A 1952 Mack fire engine parked in front of the SSVFD station in Four Corners. Image from the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department.|
|The 4 Corners Pub is one of the few businesses that use the local place name. Photo by the author.|
|Four Corners Animal Hospital. Photo by the author.|