What Did D.C. Look Like in 1872?

Here’s a cool bird’s-eye view of the Capitol and the rest of Washington from 1872.

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Bird's-eye view of Washington
Bird’s-eye view of Washington

Source: Library of Congress

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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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  • Paul McLane

    Thanks for this… Note: The Washington Monument wasn’t completed until years after that, so at least that part of the image is idealized… Keep up the good work!