Georgetown Flood of March 1918

Check out this crazy photo. It’s almost hard to believe, but there was a huge flood in Georgetown back in 1918 and this is what it looked like (sorry for the blurry photo). Thanks so much to Adam at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. for getting this to us. We’re having a tough time digging up photos with the government shutdown.

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Flood caused by the ice jam in the Potomac River in March, 1918. Scene in Georgetown. General Photograph Collection, HSW
Flood caused by the ice jam in the Potomac River in March, 1918. Scene in Georgetown. General Photograph Collection, HSW

Source: Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Does anyone recognize where this is?

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  • ET

    Looks like that building says American Ice Company Station (looks like a 5 but it is a bit blurry). I saw something from NIH Bulletin from 1907 on a typhoid in DC, that indicates that the company had a location at the corner Potomac and Grace (that seemed to be station 3). One competitor which had some relation with American Ice was in the 3300 block of K which is close to the river (now the Whitehurst freeway).

    However, another NIH Bulletin from 1906 on the same topic puts station 5 at the corner of 31st an K – again close to the river.

  • ET

    After some more looking I thinking K at 31st is/was Water Street. I looked at Sanborn map from the 1906-1916 time and between Water and the river there is clearly marked American Ice Company station 5 with 31st running down its east side.

    It was next to the A. Geary Johnson Coal & Wood yard. At the end of 31st there was a boat house and on the east side of 31st was the Brennan Construction Company or Brennan Brick Construction Company.