1909 Views Near Center Market

We are digging up all sorts of great images on the Smithsonian’s site. Here’s one near Center Market with a view of the Old Post Office Pavilion in the background.

View of the Center Market of Washington, D.C. from the north entrance of the United States National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History, on October 16, 1909. There are horse-drawn carriages and carts, vendors, storefronts, and the Old Post Office is in background, center. In the foreground is the large wooden gate to the grounds of the Natural History Building and a small guard house next to it
View of the Center Market of Washington, D.C. from the north entrance of the United States National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History, on October 16, 1909. There are horse-drawn carriages and carts, vendors, storefronts, and the Old Post Office is in background, center. In the foreground is the large wooden gate to the grounds of the Natural History Building and a small guard house next to it
view near Center Market
view near Center Market
view near Center Market
view near Center Market
view near Center Market
view near Center Market

 

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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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  • brdweb

    I like all of the horse crap in the streets 🙂

    • Looks like it ends up as sort of caulking between those cobblestones.

      • Popeye D. Saylorman

        Probably not all horse crap, probably human crap mixed in. Not like they had a starbucks on every corner to run into to take a dump.

  • David Fielding

    If you do the canal boat tour at Great Falls Tavern, the guide describes the volume of Mule dung on the towpath. As many as 200 coal barges a day (8,000 total for year 1875) cleared at Cumberland pulled by 2 teams of mules generated a lot of dung on the towpath. The children of the barge families walked with the mules (barefoot) the entire 200 mile length. They were grateful for the soft padding of the dung on their bare feet.