1870s

The Real Estate Directory of the City of Washington, D.C., Suburbs of Washington City, Serial Number 50 is a series of maps of recorded subdivisions beyond the city limits published by Faehtz & Pratt in 1874. Maps show streets, lot numbers and dimensions, property lines, and some building footprints. Landowners and estate names are included for large parcels. Outside of Georgetown, subdivision maps showing only property lines indicate that they were undeveloped at that time.

This is a great old map, about a decade earlier than this one of Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant. Click on it for a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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