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Washington & Lee High School

Check out this amazing old photo of Washington & Lee High School in 1916 (according to the Library of Congress, though I'm sure that's mislabeled because construction didn't start until 1924 accor...

N. Moore & 19th - Source: rosslynva.org

Rosslyn and Arlington weren't always great places to be, especially in the late 19th and early 20th century. Many parts were quite bleak, and worse, extremely dangerous. There once was a place cal...

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...

`Key Bridge in 1965

Hello GoDCers! Thursday is coming to a close, and tomorrow is Friday. So that's great news. To celebrate, we're sharing a great afternoon photo with you. This is a great photo that we dug up on Flickr...

View of Aqueduct Bridge and Rosslyn from Georgetown, ca. 1900. The American Brewery is located in upper right. (Arlington Public Library)

You may not know this, but many years ago, in 1925, Rosslyn was nearly destroyed by a major fire. We came across a crazy article detailing the horrors and action-movie like sequences of the fire t...

Crystal House advertisement

Not a bad deal. Two-bedroom for $175 per month back in 1963. This advertisement was in The Washington Post on November 22nd, 1963. The day Kennedy was in Dallas.

drawing of shopping center (1940)

If you live in Arlington, you've probably driven past this place a thousand times. The shopping center we're talking about sits at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Glebe Road. The Washington Pos...

don't swim in the Potomac

Remember how nasty the Potomac River was? Yes, it's still not the greatest, but it's swimmable in some parts (as long as you don't have open wounds). Back in the 1970s, it was absolutely polluted. Che...

1850 Columbia Pike, Arlington

Here's an old Mad Men-era advertisement for apartments in Arlington. The building still exists, and the rent is substantially higher than what's listed below in the 1960s ad. Click on the ad for a lar...

diagram of proposed park of 2,500 acres

Source: Washington Post Six years before Rock Creek Park came to be and about 20 years after the Civil War, there was talk of a great park for Washington to be made from lands in Arlington, com...

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