Here is another great five-minute history of a D.C. landmark. Union Station was, for the first half of the 20th century, the gateway to Washington. It was how most people arrived in the city and it was a magnificent sight for visitors.
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The majestic building displaced the Irish community in Swampoodle, knocking down the shanty town residences of 1,700 poor Irish immigrants. It was designed in the beaux arts style by noted architect Daniel Burnham, who also designed the Flatiron Building in New York.
Three interesting facts from the video:
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. He lives in Columbia Heights with Mrs. Ghost and Ghost Dog. On September 3rd, 2013, the second site launched as Ghosts of Baltimore.