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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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Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Fifteenth Street at Pennsylvania Avenue." Note the traffic lights, which made their D.C. debut in 1926, as well as the traffic-cop gazebo at center ("NO LEFT TURN") and streetcar switch tower to its left. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Looking Up 15th St. at Pennsylvania Ave. in 1931

This great old photo shows the view looking north on 15th St., just east of …

  • Ayanna

    Not only would you not see this today, you wouldn’t see this at the National zoo!

  • I have a question. Are the newspapers you’re using digitilized? You have some great sources. Just wondering. TY

  • Sarah

    There is still an elephant parade every year when the circus comes to town. They walk them over to the Verizon Center, accompanied by clowns.