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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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This is a bizarre piece we found in The Washington Post from July 18th, 1928. And …

  • Appears the 20 line ran from Union Station out to Cabin John… if I’m reading the old trolley map correctly: I believe via Penn west of the White House & G Street east. I’d guess at this being Penn… any other discernible hints?

  • Jose L. rodriguez

    It appears that the number 20 is actually the vehicle number, not the route number. The route sign appears to be 15th & H st NE. Also the street looks too narrow to be Penna Avenue; could be H St. But then again I could be wrong.

  • ET

    There is an interesting map on the Washington & Georgetown Wikipedia page that I wonder could be helpful – though my RR/trolly history of DC is limited. There is a line that ran on H from the starburst to the White House via Mass and NY I think – which seem to be expect from the buildings that can barely be seen.


  • Ahh yes, 20 is definitely the car number… just spotted the 8 in the same place on the next car. Guess it’d also be unwise to put the route number on a vehicle as a permanent feature rather than one that’s interchangeable.

    The rent signs aren’t of much help. The only Louise Hand Laundry I know of is at 1405 12th NW from 1918 onward, and this certainly isn’t 12th St. I see at right a sign reading “Milton” but can’t quite make out the second word… Milton Glass? Doesn’t turn up anything in Google when I try crossing it w/ DC.