Cavernous Concourse at Union Station

Check out how massive Union Station looks in this photo. This is from 1910, several years after the railroad station was completed.

Circa 1910. "Train concourse, Union Station, Washington, D.C." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
Circa 1910. “Train concourse, Union Station, Washington, D.C.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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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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  • Bruce Namerow

    Wow. Must have been amazing back when they opened it.

  • I remember seeing that in 1975, with holes in the roof, paint peeling down, puddles on the floor, and thinking how beautiful it must have been, back in the day.

  • PK

    When I was a little girl back in the 40’s, we took the train to Georgia to visit family for Christmas. It is hard believe, but the concourse was absolutely packed with passangers. They were practically pressed against gates to the trains. It was awful. There were some soldiers there. They realized my mother and the 3 of us were having some real issues, so they joined their hands and formed a safety ring around us. That allowed us to move forward to go through the gate!

  • Cody Wood

    This is the same concourse where a runaway train ran into on January 1953 and fell through the floor into the basement. Fortunately there were no fatalities.