1921 Map of an Undeveloped Del Ray

1921 Map of an Undeveloped Del Ray

Check out this old map of Del Ray north of Alexandria from back in 1921. It’s amazing to see how undeveloped the area was. The yellow structures are wood frame buildings and the pink ones are brick. Here’s a map ...

Lost National Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

Lost National Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

In keeping with the hotel theme this week, we wanted to share a little bit about the National Hotel, formerly situated at 6th and Pennsylvania Ave., across from where the Indian Queen was. The location is currently the site of ...

In 1839, There Were Cows at 7th and Pennsylvania

In 1839, There Were Cows at 7th and Pennsylvania

Seriously. This city has come a long way from lost sheep and cows on Pennsylvania Ave. Check out this print from 1839. Source: Library of Congress

Brickskeller Cocktail Waitress: Where the Action Is!

Brickskeller Cocktail Waitress: Where the Action Is!

Want a job? Checking out the classifieds in The Washington Post on December 10th, 1968, you would have come across this one for a cocktail waitress at the old favorite, Brickskeller. Oh, I miss that place. It was kind of a dump ...

GoDCer Writes About Relative Who Was Bodyguard to President Lincoln

GoDCer Writes About Relative Who Was Bodyguard to President Lincoln

We woke up this morning to a great email from a GoDCer. It’s a rather interesting story, so we’d like to share it with the community. Since today is Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday, I would like to share the following DC ...

What Did Walter Johnson’s Voice Sound Like? Listen To This 1939 Senators Broadcast

What Did Walter Johnson’s Voice Sound Like? Listen To This 1939 Senators Broadcast

It’s been extremely difficult for me to track down any audio recording of the greatest pitcher of all time, Walter Johnson. We have written so much about him, and yet, we have no idea what is voice sounded like … ...

Photo of Segregated Southern Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

Photo of Segregated Southern Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

Source: Library of Congress The hotel on the left is the Southern Hotel, a hotel for African-Americans which was situated at 311 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The photograph was taken around 1899. Below is the 1903 map of the area around ...

Meet Carroll “Nubby” Nuckols: 1930s Rum Runner & Czar of Gambling

Meet Carroll “Nubby” Nuckols: 1930s Rum Runner & Czar of Gambling

We’ve stumbled across an amazing character from Washington’s past, one to rival (but not surpass, of course) Officer Sprinkle. No doubt, the two of them crossed paths at one point and one was likely well-acquainted with the other’s work, and ...

Washington Was Originally Called Rome?

Washington Was Originally Called Rome?

Well, one of the estates which made up the original city of Washington was called Rome … read on. D.C. has an interested historical connection to the city of Rome. This might be one of the more fascinating pieces of local ...

Photo of Guards at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1995

Photo of Guards at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1995

Here’s a cool photo sent in by one of our GoDC readers, Carol. Thanks for sharing this! I know of one former Tomb Guard who might be able to fill us in on why they were located at the bottom ...

Tweet Your Vote for the Next If Walls Could Talk

Tweet Your Vote for the Next If Walls Could Talk

Back by popular demand is our second Twitter poll for the next “If Walls Could Talk” post. Nanny O’Briens was victorious in the last poll, and we dug up some fascinating historical trivia on their building. Who will be next? ...

How Post Photographer Got Picture of Mayor Barry’s Cocaine Bust

How Post Photographer Got Picture of Mayor Barry’s Cocaine Bust

Sometimes the story behind the story is almost as sensational as the original news. Nearly everyone remembers when former Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for possession and use of crack cocaine back in 1990. But until an NPR ‘All Things ...

If Walls Could Talk: Nanny O’Briens

If Walls Could Talk: Nanny O’Briens

Congratulations to our latest “If Walls Could Talk” poll winner, Nanny O’Briens. We’re going to do a little digging into the history of your building at 3319 Connecticut Ave. NW. The Greek restaurant investor On September 11th, 1952, The Washington Post ...

1925 Ad for Macomb Street Home in Cleveland Park

1925 Ad for Macomb Street Home in Cleveland Park

What a beautiful home. I’ve driven by this home a few times, and it’s amazing. Does anyone happen to know who lives there? Because, if you do, make sure you share this with them. I’m sure the current residents would ...

Oh, You Nationals! Keep It Up, Boys!

Oh, You Nationals! Keep It Up, Boys!

What a fun old print from The Washington Times printed on June 18th, 1912.

Visit the Ruins of Seneca Quarry (Yes, Real Ruins!)

Visit the Ruins of Seneca Quarry (Yes, Real Ruins!)

If you’ve read GoDCer Garrett Peck’s book, then you’re familiar with Seneca Quarry and the important role it played in the building growth of our area. I knew it was a pretty cool spot to visit, but until the other weekend, ...

Drawing of Suffrage March Line (1913)

Drawing of Suffrage March Line (1913)

Here’s an interesting drawing that we dug up. It shows the suffrage march line from March 4th, 1913. Source: Library of Congress

Great Map of Takoma Park in 1907

Great Map of Takoma Park in 1907

Look how amazing this old map is. You can see the outlines of proposed roads in and around Takoma. Source: Library of Congress

Chevy Chase Terrace: Washington’s Most Exclusive Residential Park

Chevy Chase Terrace: Washington’s Most Exclusive Residential Park

Above is an advertisement from The Washington Herald from October 21st, 1922 showing Chevy Chase.

Heroic Men Save Family From Runaway Horse and Carriage

Heroic Men Save Family From Runaway Horse and Carriage

Here’s a wild story from The Washington Post, printed on April 21st, 1913. Two unidentified men risked their lives yesterday afternoon in stopping a runaway horse attached to a surrey containing four persons in G, near Sixth street northwest, and then, ...

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