Japan Donates Cherry Trees to DC

Japan Donates Cherry Trees to DC

We’re back to a few days of cold, nasty weather. This seems like a good time to think back to the gorgeous weekend we just had, and talk about cherry blossoms. In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, gave about ...

Squalid Sections: Buzzard’s Roost, Ryder’s Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and Swinghammer Alley

Squalid Sections: Buzzard’s Roost, Ryder’s Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and Swinghammer Alley

Buzzard’s Roost, Ryder’s Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and the Barracks are all old neighborhoods which were shanties of dirt and filth. We wrote about the rough-and-tumble lost neighborhood of Murder Bay, and the equally squalid Hell’s Bottom a while back. We ...

Soviet Diplomat Testifies on the Hill

Soviet Diplomat Testifies on the Hill

So here is a headline you certainly won’t see every day, and you certainly wouldn’t see something like this in the 1980s. In the Cold War edition of Ghosts of DC, here’s a cool article that we came across in The ...

Never Built Tunnels Under 1960s D.C.

Never Built Tunnels Under 1960s D.C.

The car culture of America was in full force through the 1950s and 1960s. Sadly, many beautiful cities and neighborhoods were ruined as a result of this push to get rid of streetcars, build up highway infrastructure and cut major ...

Washington Tourist Camp in East Potomac Park (1925)

Washington Tourist Camp in East Potomac Park (1925)

GoDCer Andy has an amazing collection of D.C. imagery in his Flickr collection. You should definitely check it out. Source: Flickr user Andy Moursund

D.C. Emancipation Act: April 16th, 1862

D.C. Emancipation Act: April 16th, 1862

This week celebrates the 152nd anniversary of the D.C. Emancipation Act, which ended slavery in the District of Columbia and came eight months before President Abraham Lincoln wrote and delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. It ultimately freed almost 3,000 slaves in ...

What Did Meridian Hill Look Like in 1976?

What Did Meridian Hill Look Like in 1976?

This is a view of Meridian Hill Park, back when it was pretty rough. It was once a beautiful and amazing park, and now it’s getting back to being a great place to spend some time on sunny weekends. Source: ...

Very Different Georgetown Waterfront in 1920s

Very Different Georgetown Waterfront in 1920s

This photo of the Georgetown waterfront was probably taken in the 1910s or 1920s. You’re not going to see any drunk Georgetown students wandering around in this one. Source: Library of Congress

1911 Postcard of Connecticut Avenue Bridge

1911 Postcard of Connecticut Avenue Bridge

One of our original readers, Ben, sent along a link to a great Flickr collection of D.C. postcards. You have to check them out. Below is one of our favorites, showing the Connecticut Avenue Bridge, looking south, in 1911.

1910s Photo of F St Between 6th and 7th

1910s Photo of F St Between 6th and 7th

Help Identify Date of Washington Monument Photo

Help Identify Date of Washington Monument Photo

Early National Cathedral Construction Photos

Early National Cathedral Construction Photos

1920s Photo of 11th and Pennsylvania Avenue

1920s Photo of 11th and Pennsylvania Avenue

Logan Circle Aerial Photo in the 1920s

Logan Circle Aerial Photo in the 1920s

Union Station Reconstruction in the 1970s

Union Station Reconstruction in the 1970s

Meridian Hill Park Being Built

Meridian Hill Park Being Built

Photo of Blair House Around 1918 as Private Residence

Photo of Blair House Around 1918 as Private Residence

Little Girls Playing Next to West Wing

Little Girls Playing Next to West Wing

Amazing 1860s View from Capitol Hill

Amazing 1860s View from Capitol Hill

Amazing 19th Century Photo of the White House

Amazing 19th Century Photo of the White House

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