Arlington’s Beach on the Potomac

Hard to believe it, but back in the 1920s, Arlington had a beach. Here’s a shot of the amusement park on the Potomac River (near where the Pentagon is today) around 1925.

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Circa 1925. "Arlington Beach." An amusement park in the general vicinity of today's Pentagon, removed in 1929 to make way for an airport expansion. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
Circa 1925. “Arlington Beach.” An amusement park in the general vicinity of today’s Pentagon, removed in 1929 to make way for an airport expansion. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

And here is another photo of the area from 1923. Look at the faces of the kids close up … another great moment, frozen in time.

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Arlington Bathing Beach in 1923
Arlington Bathing Beach in 1923

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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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  • The quality of these nearly 100 year-old is really amazing. It’s really a shame so many photos nowadays are being taken on poor-quality camera phones.

  • Jeanne Stotler

    I wasn’t born until 1932, and we came to area in 1934, I remember going to the beach, they had dirigible rides over DC, the old airport was also there, I also remember the Pentegon being built, prior to that and during WWII, the War Dept. and Navy Dept. were on Constitution Ave, they were Temp. WWI buildings, then T bldgs. were built during the war, on site of WWII memorial. I met my parents after school at Main Navy and we would walk down to the far side of Tidal Basin, where they parked in AM. Grandfather worked in WAR Dept. JAG office of Army Air Corp.