1950s Tourist Driving Map of D.C.

Check this out. This is an interesting find. It’s a simplified driving map of the city for tourists trying to get around the popular sites and attractions.

Hotel Fairfax. Simplified map of District of Columbia showing location of Hotel Fairfax (Library of Congress)
Hotel Fairfax. Simplified map of District of Columbia showing location of Hotel Fairfax (Library of Congress)

Click on the map for greater detail. You’ll notice that Roosevelt Bridge (read a little about the bridge in our Marty McFly post) isn’t there, because that wasn’t opened until 1964. Can you imagine the traffic nightmare if all traffic into the city was funneled through Key Bridge and Georgetown, also without Whitehurst Freeway? It sucks now, but it would really suck without the Roosevelt Bridge.

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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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  • Greg

    This has got to be older, they are still calling Logan “Iowa Circle” and the memorial bridge isnt open yet..

  • Michael

    Says Memorial Bridge is under construction…so anytime between 1922-32.