Monthly Archives: March 2012

Three Things About the O Street Pumping Station

O Street pumping station (JDLand)

Your second major stop on the WABA “Down the Tubes” bicycle ride on Sunday is going to be the O Street Pumping Station, down by the Navy Yard. This is a beautiful old Beaux-Arts building from the early 20th century, …

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Three Things About the Bryant Street Pumping Station

Bryant Street pumping station (Wikipedia)

You may or may not be aware of this, but it you’re part of the latter group, listen up. WABA (aka, the Washington Area Bicycle Association) is having a family-friendly event, collaborating with DC water to highlight some lesser-known local …

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The Washington Capitals’ Inaugural Game

Greg Joly, Washington Capitals #1 (overall) draft pick in 1974

It was to be expected that the Caps would suck in their first year. It was the team’s first year in D.C and the NHL. They joined the league that year as an expansion team, along with the Kansas City Scouts …

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Lights! Camera! A Famous Comedy Special???

Takoma Theater in the 1980s (WAMU)

This is a guest post by Jason (aka, @MidAtlanticBias) At the top of our fair city sits a nearly 100 year old movie theatre. Until this post, I didn’t think I had ever seen its interior. But I have. And, chances are, you …

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If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Ireland

Flag of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but that is only the climax of the love affair between our country and The Emerald Isle. Everyone has, or claims to have, some link back to Ireland. My wife firmly places her …

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What You Missed This Week

It was slower on the blog because I was out of town for the better part of the week. Thankfully, I had a little assistance from Aaron and his great post on the Hirshhorn. Union Station: Gateway to Washington, D.C. — …

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Beach Boys Play the National Mall: July 4th, 1980

Who doesn’t like the Beach Boys? This was a pretty big concert on the National Mall for the first July 4th celebration in the 80s. Did any of you attend this show? Related articles The Beach Boys Reunite At The …

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The Smithsonian’s English Birth

Smithsonian Castle in the 1870s (Shorpy)

Some of you may not be aware of this, but an Englishman, who had never set foot in America, provided the financial backing for the nation’s greatest museum: The Smithsonian Institution. James Smithson was a wealthy man from across the …

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