1830s

1839 print of Pennsylvania Ave.

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

Slave Market of American broadside (Library of Congress)

Below is a fascinating old broadside that we came across in the Library of Congress archives. Here is the description ... A broadside condemning the sale and keeping of slaves in the District ...

Chain Bridge at the end of the Civil War (Library of Congress)

It's probably obvious to GoDCers where Chain Bridge Road gets its name. There is a bridge that connects the eponymous road on the D.C. side to the one on the Virginia side. But, this bridge has no cha...

In the 1830s, the Baltimore Sun was a far more prominent paper, covering the daily happenings of life in Washington City. We came across an interesting piece from the Baltimore Sun correspondent in...

Silver Spring, MD

There actually was a spring and it was silver ... sort of. In 1840, Francis Preston Blair came across a mica-flecked spring near, what is today, Georgia Ave. near the District line. The location t...

Bloomingdale row houses (source: gullivers-nest.blogspot.com)

It has been a really long time since we did a "Why is it Named...?" post, and since at least a quarter of GoDCers live in Bloomingdale (I totally made that number up), we are going to focus a quick hi...

Smithsonian Castle in the 1870s (Shorpy)

Some of you may not be aware of this, but an Englishman, who had never set foot in America, provided the financial backing for the nation’s greatest museum: The Smithsonian Institution. James Smith...

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