Sunday Wrap-up: You Dig Dulles, the Beltway and Farragut Square

Did you forget to set your clocks forward? Well, the good news is that it will be light out when you leave work now … and, you can start enjoying some outdoor time after your day job. I will be taking my dog for longer walks.

This was a good week and I enjoyed starting two new series’, Annie O’Connell in the first “They Were Neighbors” and a couple “Three Things…” posts.

Here are the three winning posts of the week.

  1. Three Things You Didn’t Know About Dulles Airport — Well, people either really like Dulles, or the latest series, “Three Things…” is popular. I’m guessing this wins for the week because of a brief mention in HuffPost Hill.
  2. Washington’s Circumferential Highway: Fighting Over the Capital Beltway — I loath driving on 495, but I did find it interesting to learn about its history, especially the fight over the Rock Creek Park route.
  3. Three Random Stories About Farragut Square — Explaining the two metro stops, a failed suicide and a statue’s dedication by President Garfield. What’s not to love about this history?

… and the three posts nobody read.

  1. Making Sense of D.C. Taxes in 1840 — What’s up? Don’t like paying taxes?
  2. This Day in History: National Airlines Advertisement on March 8th, 1955 — I thought this was boring too.
  3. A Quart of Gin Leads to Death — I think only one person found this interesting.

Here is my favorite image from the week. Imagine seeing this advertisement in the Washington Post back in 1912 and booking a transatlantic journey, departing New York on April 20th. Sadly, we all know the Titanic never made it to port in New York.

Titanic advertisement in the Washington Post (1912)
Titanic advertisement in the Washington Post (1912)

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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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Photo shows a man and a boy in summer straw hats happily displaying some unidentifiable papers on F Street, with the Treasury and a new electric hooded arc streetlight in the background. One of a series of scenes near Painter's office at 14th and E streets, this picture bears the hallmarks of the new "snapshot" style now made possible by the invention of the quick, hand-held Kodak: natural smiles and the movement of the ladies under the umbrella.

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  • abby

    Leaving april 20, 1912, I presume? I was at first surprised that they would name another large ship Titatanic & expect people to buy a ticket a mere 8 years later.
    I like this wrap-up – makes me want to go back & read the posts I missed. Even the boring ones.