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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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Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Fifteenth Street at Pennsylvania Avenue." Note the traffic lights, which made their D.C. debut in 1926, as well as the traffic-cop gazebo at center ("NO LEFT TURN") and streetcar switch tower to its left. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Looking Up 15th St. at Pennsylvania Ave. in 1931

This great old photo shows the view looking north on 15th St., just east of …

  • “the Ku Klux Klan was permitted to parade . . . Hard to believe, I know.”
    It is hard to believe that even hatful speech and expression were once permitted. We have come a long way, baby! If you rephrase the Bill of Rights a majority of Americans will find many of those old “rights” objectionable.

  • Jessica Ferrer

    Not so hard to believe when Democratic luminaries like Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) was once a member of the KKK. Ironically, after supporting racial discrimination early on in his political career, on May 19, 2008, Byrd endorsed Barack Obama.