About Ghosts of DC

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. He lives in Columbia Heights with Mrs. Ghost and Ghost Dog. On September 3rd, 2013, the second site launched as Ghosts of Baltimore.

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May 1865. "Another artillery unit passing on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Treasury." Wet plate glass negative by Mathew Brady.

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This stunning old photo shows the city of Washington in May of 1865.

  • Joyceann Gabai

    Wow – great photos. I grew up in South Arlington and remember the long ago days of National Airport. You travelled under a railroad bridge from Route 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) to get to the airport from my house. When my grandmother traveled to Alabama for a funeral, she actually walked with the other passengers to the steps leading down to the plane and boarded an Eastern Airlines plane with propellers. What a thrill to see the propellers spin fast and then faster! We could watch her plane gather speed on the runway and then take off into the sky. Our world history of aviation is so fascinating!