Slippery When Wet … a Bus Flips on 16th St.

This is not good. Apparently the Washington Transit Company bus driver was going too fast to take a turn in the rain and this was the result.

Does anyone else find it odd (and amusing) that folks are gathered around, kind of milling about. Everyone hold steady for the camera and say “cheeeeeese!” The Washington Transit Company had just started the first D.C. bus system in the spring of 1921, so maybe the drivers weren’t used to handling the large vehicles on the city streets.

Thanks to Shorpy for another gem … best historic photo site out there.

Overturned bus in Petworth (1921)
Overturned bus on 16th St. NW (1921)

Below, check out the bus route throughout the city from 1933 (thanks again Shorpy).

Washington Rapid Transit Co. bus map
Washington Rapid Transit Co. bus map (1933)

CORRECTION: The flipped bus above appears to be the apartment building at 16th and V St. NW.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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