Photo of Old 1907 Steel Girder K Street Bridge Over Rock Creek

Check this out. A much more bucolic and rural looking K St. over Rock Creek in 1907.

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1907 view of K St. bridge
1907 view of K St. bridge

Source: Library of Congress

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  • David Fielding

    That’s a pretty interesting photo of the two bridges, considering what it looks like today.

  • Tom J. Cassidy

    Before they built the high-rise bridges. You had to go down the side of Rock Creek Valley on a horse or in a carriage.

  • Mike Sullivan

    I think the bridge in the background is K street; the one in the foreground is probably in the vicinity of Pennsylvania Avenue. I say that because it looks like Rock Creek is joined on the right by the C&O Canal on the right beyond the bridge, which would make this a southbound view. If it were northbound, one would see bluffs on the right, with the Godey Lime Kilns below them, which are just north of K Street’s river crossing.

    • Stuart Land

      The background bridge may be K Street. I lived in the last house on K Street where the Whitehurst Freeway starts until it was destroyed in 1984. It was built in 1889 and faced north and west on the south side, just east of the creek. Because of trees and the hill that drops down to Rock Creek Park, you could’t see any of this. Before they built the WH Freeway, the slope must have been pretty radical to go a 1000 feet to the creek. In this photo, if facing south, the road goes too straight for several hundred feet, then it would need to rise a hundred feet to get to the main roadway. The house on the far left would have to be my house, but I couldn’t see it in that perspective in modern times. Although we had two chimneys, and a flat roof, they look pretty big. The trees in the background could be Roosevelt Island. If facing north, the bluff would be on the right, which we can’t see. On the other hand, the houses in the far portion of the image were built built on swamp land if facing south. There were no houses built by the creek if facing north. I’m not a 100% sure this is the K Street bridge.