Back in the 1870s, you could take a steamship from Georgetown all the way to Philadelphia, or even up to Boston. Below is an advertisement for Clyde’s New Express Line (not related to Clyde’s the restaurant chain) printed in the Evening Star on December 17th, 1877.

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train advertisement - December 17th, 1877
train advertisement – December 17th, 1877

Source: Library of Congress

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.