Street names were changed in areas adjoining the District of Columbia during the Second World War, in order to follow the conventions in street names in the District. If you look at a current Alexandria Drafting Company map of Prince George's you will find in the area of Capitol Heights that the three streets closest to and parallel to Southern Avenue (the D.C./Prince George's boundary) are now called Abel Avenue , Balboa Avenue, and Clovis Avenue (A, B, C, to follow the alphabetical convention of the District of Columbia. In our 1940 map of PGCounty, they are (in the same order) Washington Avenue, Baltimore Avenue, and Chewton Avenue.
In 1940, these street nsmes contiued north of Central Avenue, so I am guessing that your address of "Washington Avenue North" was on the part of Washington Avenue that was north of Central Avenue. As you can see from a modern map, that part is discontinued from Abel Avenue, and now known (in parts) as Akin Avenue.
Hope this helps!
Susan G. Pearl, Historian
Prince George's County Historical Society
: Found grandparents in 1940 census at
: Washington Ave North which I cannot find in
: Capitol Heights. The closest neighboring
: street in census was Baltimore Ave which is
: also a mystery. The next closest was hard
: to read; perhaps chewton?
: Any idea what Washington ave is today?
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