This is an awesome photograph that we found at The National Archives.

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Botanical Gardens, Washington D.C. by Mathew Brady
Botanical Gardens, Washington D.C. by Mathew Brady

Source: U.S. National Archives

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.
  • ET

    I always find it interesting to look at old pictures of what is now the Mall and see unmanicured it was and how obsessed now the Park Service and others are about keeping it very manicured.