Why Is It Named…?

What is the history behind the names of popular locations in Washington?

Why Is It Named Adams Morgan?

Adams Morgan in 2010 by Carol Highsmith (Source: Library of Congress)

If you go to Adams Morgan on a regular basis, you should probably know at least the basic history of the neighborhood, which is actually the combination of several older Washington neighborhoods: Kalorama Triangle, Lanier Heights, Reed Cooke, and Washington …

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Why Is It Named Maryland?

George Calvert - Baron of Baltimore

This was cross-posted on Ghosts of Baltimore. Washington, D.C. Received most of its land, about two-thirds, from the state of Maryland when it was formed in the late 18th century. The rest came from Virginia, and was subsequently retroceded back …

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Why Is It Named Mt. Pleasant?

Mt. Pleasant hospitals during the Civil War

Have you ever found yourself sitting at The Raven in the wee hours of a Saturday evening, wondering why it’s called Mt. Pleasant? Well, we’ll tell you, and then the next time you find yourself debating the origins with your …

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Why Is It Named Woodley Park?

woodley-park-metro

Who was Mr. Woodley, you’re probably wondering. Well unlike Mr. Cleveland’s eponymous neighborhood one stop past Woodley on the red line, this neighborhood was not named after some guy. It was named after a house, and one that has an interesting past …

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