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Arrowood, Maryland

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Although we found mention of Arrowood during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Arrowood was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

One piece of information that we would especially like to find is the location (ie- GPS coordinates) of Arrowood. If you can help us locate Arrowood, please Contact Us.

About Arrowood
Arrowood is located in Montgomery County (Maryland).

Our Pages for Arrowood ...

-profile   General information about Arrowood
-nearby   What's in the neighborhood around Arrowood
-bycounty   Nearest communities to Arrowood (By-County)
-census   Census information for Arrowood
-tidbits   Tidbits and trivia about Arrowood
-genealogy   Our Genealogy Helper for Arrowood
-summary   Summarized information
-map   Interactive map centered on Arrowood
-tripmap   TripAdvisor Tourism pages
-misc   Miscellaneous information
-wishlist   Things we would like to know about Arrowood
-glossary   This page...

Glossary and Definitions ...

Area Code Overlay
An Overlay refers to the situation in which two (or more) area codes (eg- 240, 301) serve the same geographic area. In the case of Arrowood, area code (240) is the Overlay for area code (301).

The Overlay is necessary when the geographic area requires (or planners expect to need) more phone numbers than can be provided by a single area code.

When an Overlay is present, 10-digit dialing becomes necessary for all calls. There are different types of Overlays, with each of the different Overlays having its own characteristics and dialing requirements.

If you would like to learn more about Overlays, we suggest the Wikipedia entry for Overlays.
FIPS Codes
In the past, the federal government created a set of codes that are used to uniquely identify States, Counties and Populated Places (such as a community like Arrowood). These codes form the Federal Information Processing Standard. (specifically FIPS Document 55-3).

The State Code consists of two digits, the County Code consists of three digits and the Place Code consists of five digits. The County and Place Codes must be used together with the State Code to be truly unique.

For example, the following codes apply to the community of Arrowood:

- State Code:  24 (Maryland)

- State / County Code:  24 / 031 (Montgomery County)

- State / Place Code:  24 / 02400

The FIPS Codes have been replaced by an ANSI standard and the GNIS Feature ID. Although obsolete, the FIPS Codes are still in use by some organizations.

For more information about the FIPS Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Arrowood.

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Arrowood and then turned west". While Arrowood could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Arrowood as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Arrowood could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Maryland community named Arrowood.

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