February 23, 2010

What’s in a Name? That Which We Call ‘Silver Spring’

Posted in history tagged , , , , , , , at 3:13 pm by silversprung

When we first began searching for homes in Silver Spring, I became curious about the city’s flashy name.

History suggests the name comes from a local spring flecked with mica. From the Silver Spring Historical Society timeline — year 1840:

1840 – Francis Preston Blair, his daughter, Elizabeth, along with their thirsty horse, Selim, discover the spring after which Silver Spring takes its name.  Sparkling flakes of mica in the water give it the appearance of silver.

If you scroll back on the timeline, you’ll see that the city was close to becoming “Simpsonville.” …Doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it.

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