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Cool old historical maps of Washington, D.C.
Bird's-eye view of Washington

Here's a cool bird's-eye view of the Capitol and the rest of Washington from 1872. Source: Library of Congress

Now this is an incredible, detailed map of Virginia outside of Washington. Click on it for a much larger version. Source: Library of Congress

1861 Civil War map of Virginia

Here is an old Civil War map of Arlington. This map was for reconnaissance, done by Benjamin Church. The orientation is a little different...

1835 map of Washington

Here is an old map of Washington before the retrocession of the western portion back to Virginia. This was when the territory had three...

How cool is this old map of Arlington? It shows Arlington County as it looked in the 18th century. By the way, do you...

1906 map showing the original boundary milestones of the District of Columbia

Are you familiar with the District's boundary stones? Yes, those stones, which happen to be the namesake of one of my favorite bars in...

The Real Estate Directory of the City of Washington, D.C., Suburbs of Washington City, Serial Number 50 is a series of maps of recorded subdivisions beyond the city limits published by Faehtz & Pratt in 1874. Maps show streets, lot numbers and dimensions, property lines, and some building footprints. Landowners and estate names are included for large parcels. Outside of Georgetown, subdivision maps showing only property lines indicate that they were undeveloped at that time.

This is a great old map, about a decade earlier than this one of Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant. Click on it for a...

1909 map of Friendship Heights

This is a cool old 1909 map of the area around Friendship Heights and Chevy Chase. Thanks to GoDCer Claire for pointing out that...

Check out this terrific 1874 map of Georgetown with the old street names. Source: Dig DC

This is an incredible old map from 1887 showing today's Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights. You have to click on this for greater details. You'll...

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