Amazing 1860s View from Capitol Hill

We can’t remember if we’ve posted this photo in the past, but it’s such a good one, that it doesn’t really matter.

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Early photographic view of Washington, D.C. from Capitol Hill, looking northwest - Northwest view with 1st, B, C, D streets, and Indiana Ave. in the foreground; view includes the Washington Jail, Aldrich's Wholesale Flour, Grain & Feed Warehouse, Dyers American House, Shamokin & Lykins Valley Coal (Wood & Coal), Depot House, C. Boyle, and Door, Sash & Blind Factory
Early photographic view of Washington, D.C. from Capitol Hill, looking northwest – Northwest view with 1st, B, C, D streets, and Indiana Ave. in the foreground; view includes the Washington Jail, Aldrich’s Wholesale Flour, Grain & Feed Warehouse, Dyers American House, Shamokin & Lykins Valley Coal (Wood & Coal), Depot House, C. Boyle, and Door, Sash & Blind Factory

Source: Library of Congress

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  • Something has to be off-kilter in the description. Looking NW from Capitol Hill, Pennsylvania Avenue would be prominent; it’s not in this shot. Indiana Avenue would be blocks in the distance, lost among the smoke, if the primary visible streets are 1st, B, C, and D.

  • The building right of center is labeled “Depot House” and what may be Tiber Creek comes from the right side, curves and goes under the street, and then goes down to the left. Would this have been in the vicinity of the old railroad terminal?

    • Ron Spieker

      The Boyle Depot House is listed in Boyds 1862 directory as 463 C North, between
      NJ ave and 1st west