One of the first GoDCers, John, sent along an awesome old maps site a few days ago, appropriately named Old Maps Online. Poking around the site this past weekend (I was in a big map phase), I came across this gem from the Boston Public Library. Technically, not really a map … more a bird’s eye view of the greater Washington area, as seen from the north at the beginning of the Civil War.

[Click here for larger, high-quality version.]
bird's eye view of Washington in 1861
bird’s eye view of Washington in 1861

You can see the original online here.

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.