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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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Sherman's subdivision of Columbia Heights in 1869

Cool 1869 Property Map of Columbia Heights

This property map of Columbia Heights from 1869 shows John Sherman’s subdivision with the old …

  • Bilsko

    I’m curious about the little resevoir, right where Georgetown begins.
    That looks like it would be somewhere along Canal Road – between the Canal Rd. entrance to the University and the Exxon gas station.

    I’ve seen several photographs from that era (a couple decades later, of course) and nothing that indicates the presence of a resevoir.

    Curious.