Happy 4th Birthday Ghosts of DC!

It’s really hard to believe, but today marks four years since we started Ghosts of DC and it’s been a fun ride thanks to all of the support we’ve received from GoDCers over the years.

The site started as a passion project for me to do some digging into our city’s past. It blossomed into an incredible platform and community for GoDCers to share their love of Washington, D.C.

At the end of this month, we’ll get our two millionth visitor! There have been 35 countries from which we’ve had at least 1,000 visitors, including a lot of people from the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and France.

To add to the fun, we started Ghosts of Baltimore in 2013 and Cool Old Photos last year. The latter site is already pushing half a million visitors in less than a year.

Before you go on about your day, we’re going to share our top ten favorite posts of all time. Make sure you check these out and share them with you friends.

  1. Ex-Slave Convention: In 1916, there was a convention of former slaves which met up in D.C. This tells the story and shares a few photos.
  2. Sharks in the Potomac: We’re not kidding. Back in 1911, there was a “shark scare” in the Potomac and the fascinating Society for the Suppression of Man-Eating Fish. You need to read this one.
  3. Padres Almost Move to D.C.: Did you know we almost had the San Diego Padres? That’s right, back in 1974. It fell through literally at the last minute though.
  4. Meet Officer SprinkleThis article was the first time we met Officer Sprinkle and learned of his heroic efforts to protect the city from hooligans and bombs. We went on to write many more stories about our patron saint.
  5. Columbia Heights Street Names: We’ve written a number of posts about the names of streets, but this one was our favorite.
  6. Escape From AlcatrazWhat does Alcatraz have to do with Washington? The only guy purported to have escaped from The Rock was from the District, Frank Morris.
  7. Murder BayThere used to be neighborhoods called Hell’s Bottom and Murder Bay. We wrote about both, and a few more, but this one was an early favorite.
  8. Chevy Chase Whoopee PartyThis great story has a wonderful character at the middle of it, Marjorie Morris, who was up to her shenanigans. You’ll have to read it to find out, and follow up with the other stories we dug up on her.
  9. Alternate Lincoln Memorial Designs: The Lincoln Memorial could have looked quite different if any of these designs were selected.
  10. 1863 Panorama of Washington: This fantastic panorama of the city was taken in 1863 from the Capitol Dome.

Thanks again, and here’s to the next year!

Tom @ Ghosts of DC

About Tom

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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