Vintage Washington Metro Construction Photos

How cool are these? We stumbled across them on Metro’s Facebook page.

Nov 1982 | Crews work to complete the building of the tunnel near Forest Glen Station.
Nov 1982 | Crews work to complete the building of the tunnel near Forest Glen Station.
1982 | Building the emergency evacuation staircase and shaft near the now Forest Glen Station. Forest Glen is about 22 stories below ground, so building a staircase for emergencies is crucial.
1982 | Building the emergency evacuation staircase and shaft near the now Forest Glen Station. Forest Glen is about 22 stories below ground, so building a staircase for emergencies is crucial.
1975 | A look at the construction of Silver Spring Station foundation.
1975 | A look at the construction of Silver Spring Station foundation.
1974 | Looking down at construction of our Gallery Place-Chinatown station
1974 | Looking down at construction of our Gallery Place-Chinatown station
1974 | More construction, as crews build the Metro Gallery Place-Chinatown station.
1974 | More construction, as crews build the Metro Gallery Place-Chinatown station.
June 1975 | Inside the construction work at Archives Station
June 1975 | Inside the construction work at Archives Station

Take a look at the rest of the photos here.

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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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  • Sheila

    Construction in DC was a nightmare even as early as the 1960’s It was terrible trying to get to work back then. All of DC was fighting every day over it. They were still even fighting over a monorail system back then too. In some areas you had to close the windows and not breathe for blocks in the heat of summer too.