Union Station Under Construction

This is a terrific photo that we dug up on Flickr. It shows Union Station under construction in the early 1900s. We also cross-posted this on Cool Old Photos.

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Taken by Sidney Duff in Washington, DC. Union Station was completed in October 1908. Here, only one of the six statues have been installed over the entrance. Another photo from the set shows the Tidal Basin frozen over, causing me to guess that this is January 1908.
Taken by Sidney Duff in Washington, DC. Union Station was completed in October 1908. Here, only one of the six statues have been installed over the entrance. Another photo from the set shows the Tidal Basin frozen over, causing me to guess that this is January 1908.

Source: Rob Ketcherside

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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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  • k2togp2tog

    My grandmother grew up in DC, near Union Station. She used to say that she and her little sister would push their doll carriages through the construction area, until one day, a man approached them and said, “Little girls, I’m sorry but you can’t come anymore. The station opens tomorrow”. I guess those were truly the days of free-range parenting! Later, her brother worked there for many years, and remembered meeting Teddy Roosevelt, who kept saying “Bully! Bully!” when shown the features of the Presidential train.

    • RE Almanace

      OMG — a polite construction worker!!!

  • Sheila Gilbert

    My cousins have photos of my grandfathers father in front of Union Station, back when he worked on it. He worked in masonry, and bricklaying. I’m still waiting on a copy of it from her, and hope to share it when I get it. That is a great photo.

  • Gayle

    My grandfather, Angelo Rockelli, Sr. (born 1866 in DC) had a newspaper stand at Union Station. He spoke 8 languages and carried all the foreign language newspapers besides the local Washington papers. He got to meet a lot of congressmen in those days. He and my grandmother lived at 717 3rd St., NE. in a row house. I have photos of him and my father selling papers in front of the Station. He also sold papers aboard the B & O trains.