1885 Map of Washington Sewers and Water Mains

These are probably not maps you initially would find interesting, but click on them for greater details. They’re fascinating.

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Map of the city of Washington showing the location of the sewers in 1885
Map of the city of Washington showing the location of the sewers in 1885

Source: Library of Congress

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Map of the city of Washington showing the location of the water mains in 1885
Map of the city of Washington showing the location of the water mains in 1885

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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  • DAR

    Some of the sewers follow odd paths cutting through the middle of some blocks. I’ll bet they’re the buried streams from before the city was built.