1870s

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

Plat of Curtis & Burdett's subdivision of Carlin Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia : 260 ft. above sea level

Here is a map of the Carlin Springs subdivision in Alexandria, now Arlington County. Source: Library of Congress The above map shows the area south of Arlington Blvd. and east of S. Carlin S...

Ulysses S. Grant, full-length portrait, facing left, standing alongside his war horse, "Cincinnati"

This is one of the more interesting personal stories that we've uncovered. For a while now, we've heard stories about President Grant being arrested for riding his horse too fast in the city. This ...

This is what the Library of Congress could have looked like if Leon Beaver's design from 1873 was selected. Here's a second rendering of the building with some perspective. Check out a f...

Swampoodle Houses

This is a colorful story for the lost neighborhood of Swampoodle. We came across the article in The Washington Post, printed on October 20th, 1879. Morris Connors, a notorious Swampoodle thief an...

1873 Inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant

Here's an old print from 1873, showing Ulysses Grant's second inauguration, looking down Pennsylvania Ave. Source: Library of Congress

What a cool series of old photos from 1879. We've published so many posts that we can't remember if these went up before, but nevertheless, sharing them twice isn't such a bad thing. ...

map around the National Mall

You think the roads are bad today, with all the potholes? I assure you, they were worse in the 1870s. Here's a really cool old map that we dug up at the Library of Congress, marking the street pavemen...

Proposed design for the completion of the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

Check out this cool proposed design to finish the Washington Monument. Construction didn't restart on the unfinished monument until 1879 after Congress appropriated another $200,000 to complete it. ...

Here's a great photo that we found on Park View DC. Of course it wasn't called Georgia Avenue then, so read up on the history of the road too. Check out their post to read a little more about the p...

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