Nighttime Snoozing in Rock Creek Park

A heat wave in 1926 was unbearable and some folks took to the cooler confines of Rock Creek for some respite. Below is a photo (probably staged) of three Washingtonians attempting to escape the brutal D.C. summer.

Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1926. "Hot weather, Rock Creek Park." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1926. “Hot weather, Rock Creek Park.” National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

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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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  • Sheila

    I can remember back in 1966 when I lived on PA Ave, that it was so hot in town, that I had to go out into the hall of our apartment, and sit on the floor to keep cool. I have never been THAT HOT since then. I actually got sick from it. Washington could cook you back then. (no air conditioning)

  • Tony Spagnoli

    I can’t imagine any time in my lifetime when a person or persons would ever be able to sleep in rockcreek park without being mugged or killed.