143 Days In … Time For a Break

Since we started way back (seems like way back) on January 4th, we have put up 336 blog posts about this city. For 143 consecutive days, seven days a week, without a single day off, we (I still use “we”) have averaged 2.3 daily posts. We’re pushing 1,000 Facebook likes and just passed 2,300 followers on Twitter. This has surpassed all expectations that I had back on day one.

Capitol Dome (1861)
Capitol Dome (1861)

The breadth of topics to too wide to summarize here, but we’ve shared stories of regular city residents like Annie O’Connell, Robert Muir and Joshua Sprinkle. You learned the origins of Columbia Heights street names and what opening night at the Tivoli Theater was like.

We shared the haunting newspaper advertisements for an Atlantic crossing on the Lusitania, Carpathia or the Titanic and heard the tragic tale of Titanic passenger and presidential aide, Archibald Butt. You read countless posts about Presidents Roosevelt, Taft and Coolidge; recent presidents also had some coverage, including Nixon, Reagan and President Ford’s daughter holding her senior prom in the East Room.

And for some modern musical connections, we told you about DC stopovers by the Bee Gees, Janis Joplin a week before Woodstock, The Police in Adams Morgan, The Grateful Dead at American University, Springsteen, Chuck Berry, Hendrix and The Doors at the Hilton, U2 in Georgetown the day before Lennon was shot and, of course, The Beatles‘ first American concert.

We also had a handful of guest posts, so thanks to Aaron, Jason, John and Rick.

So, we (I) am taking a break after this 337th post. So, for the dedicated daily readers, fear not … by break, I mean until Wednesday. Batteries will be fully recharged by the middle of next week and ready to crank for another 143+ days (although I think weekend posts will die, nobody really reads those). You can still catch us on Twitter or Facebook throughout the weekend of course. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

1909 panoramic view of Washington (Library of Congress)
1909 panoramic view of Washington (Library of Congress)

Our posts next week are going to be great … but now, for our quick wrap-up for this week.

  1. Shrieks and Lasers for the Bee Gees — RIP Robin Gibb (1949-2012).
  2. They Were Neighbors: Officer Sprinkle Lived Here — Our favorite figure, Officer Sprinkle was a badass … did you get your t-shirt?
  3. Falls Church: Washington’s Quaint Suburb — Time to show a little love more love outside the District line.

Lastly, are you interested in knowing what were our top three posts since we launched?

  1. Abraham Lincoln in Color (1865) — One of the most amazing colorized photographs that I have ever seen. Spooky.
  2. The Washington Capitals’ Inaugural Game — DC love the Caps. Too bad we were knocked out by the Rangers.
  3. If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Ireland — People keep Googling “pictures of Ireland” and land on this page.

About Tom

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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