Photo by Mikerhicks.
For every morning post that GM does, he searches in Flickr for recent photos uploaded tagged with the word “Georgetown”. Most of these photos are of our neighborhood here in DC, but lots are of far more exotic Georgian locales. So for no other reason other than the fact GM’s got nothing else to write about, let’s take a stroll through them.
The shot above is from George Town on Grand Cayman. This town was named after George III. This is a big tourist stop on the Caribbean cruise circuit.
Photo by arichards63.
Staying in the Caribbean, another Georgetown that pops up from time to time is Georgetown, Guyana. It too was named after George III.
Photo by Michael Boer.
Probably the most common non-DC Georgetown that pops up in Flickr is Georgetown, Seattle. It’s an industrial neighborhood on the south side of the Emerald City. From the photos, it appears to be full of old abandoned steam plants, art school grads, and beer. It’s probably the most interesting Georgetown on the list.
This Georgetown was named in honor of the town founder’s son, George Horton.
Photo by Snap Man.
This Georgetown was named after the older of two brothers who founded the town in the Gold Rush: George Griffith.
Photo by Khalzuri.
The last of the exotic Georgetowns to pop up with any regularity is Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia. Like our Georgetown, this Georgetown is an “old town” surrounded my a modern city.
This Georgetown is named after George III.
Finally, GM couldn’t help but mention Georgetown, Connecticut. Not because it pops up in Flickr, but because GM grew up just a mile away from it. This old industrial neighborhood is dominated by the empty Gilbert & Bennett Factory (seen above) that was still making wire fences for GE when GM was playing pee-wee soccer on the nearby fields. Before the real estate collapse, this neighborhood was poised to be a model of new urbanism for the suburbs.
This Georgetown was named after local grist miller George Abbott.
By the way, no one knows for sure who our Georgetown is named after, although the leading theory is that it is named for either George Gordon and/or George Beale, who were two of the first land owners of Georgetown, Maryland.