Bird’s Eye View of the National Capital in 1883

I love this. Click on it for some amazing detail. Get ready to waste a lot of time studying this image, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

1883 bird's eye view of Washington
1883 bird’s eye view of Washington

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  • We have a colorized print of this map, including the easter half of the city, hanging in our living room. It is a promotional item distributed by the B&O railroad. I’m assuming the railroad purchased this map and then commoditized it.

  • Lisa

    I love this too. You are apparently having a great time at the LOC; thanks for bringing us along for the ride.

  • Interesting that it calls the president’s residence, “White House.” It didn’t officially become known as the White House until 1901, though the term was often used before then.