Why Is It Named...?

Welcome to the Palisades sign

If you're a fan of D.C. history, you'll know that MacArthur Blvd. used to be called Conduit Rd. You probably also know that it was named for General Douglas MacArthur, the famous World War II general....

Tunlaw Rd. and 39th St.

For those of you who do not know this, you'll chuckle at how simple this is. There once was a great suburban Washington estate called Tunlaw, in what is today Wesley Heights -- the home stood at 45...

Glebe Rd. and 13th

Source: Retro Pop Planet Who was Mr. Glebe and why does he have such a prominent road named for him in Arlington. One would think that he was part of the aristocratic landed gentry in the Virgi...

Phoebe Hearst Elementary School

Hearst Elementary School up in North Cleveland Park, behind Sidwell Friends, is a cute little school for about 200 students. We've wanted to do a post on a local public school for a while and were...

Oak Hill

We're on a bit of a NoVA kick this week and wanted to do a little digging into the origin of another name, Annandale. Maybe you already know this, but I definitely didn't. The European history of t...

Centreville during the Civil War

Source: Documentarist This is an interesting, though somewhat obvious origin of a town's name: Centreville. The town of Centreville (it was originally Centerville) was established in 1792, n...

Friendship, the home of the McLean family

World War II broke out at the end of 1941, and by 1942, Washington was seeing a massive influx of people moving in for new government jobs to support the war effort. There was a major housing shortage...

Truxton Circle

Source: Greater Greater Washington Today, Truxton Circle is a phantom circle. It used to sit at the intersection of North Capitol St., Florida Ave., and Q St. It was constructed in 1900 and...

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters, or Three Sisters Islands in the middle of the upper Potomac, north of Key Bridge are a great spot to visit on a nice spring or summer day ... especially if you're into kayaking or p...

I was taking a nice evening walk by Stoddert Elementary School in Glover Park this weekend with Mrs. Ghost and Ghost DogĀ and, of course, I was curious as to the origin of the school's name. Clearly it...

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