How Dodge Street in Rockville Got Its Name

In honor of Lewis Reed, one of Rockville’s pioneer automobile dealers: The state of Maryland named the connector street behind the dealership’s original location, “Dodge Street” because Reed Brothers Dodge was located there for so many years (1914-1970).

The connector street was so short that Lewis Reed joked, if the state wanted to name a street after him the street needed to be longer. Hence the street was named, “Dodge Street”. Maryland Route 660 is the unsigned designation for Dodge Street, which runs 0.05 mi from Rockville Pike (MD 355) north to Veirs Mill Road (MD 28) in Rockville.

When the state of Maryland widened the roads in 1970, Reed Brothers Dodge relocated from its original location at the triangle at Veirs Mill Road and Rockville Pike to a new complex on Route 355 in Rockville. The dealership’s original site is now the Veterans Park. (click images to enlarge)

Dodge Street in Rockville MD

Dodge Street

Corner of Dodge Street and Rockville Pike

Google Earth Aerial view showing the original location of Reed Brothers Dodge, now Veterans Park.

MD 600 Dodge Street Rockville MD

Sources:
Wikipedia, List of state highways in Maryland shorter than one mile
MDRoads Routes 660-679  Maryland Highways of the Automobile Era

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006.

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