Hell’s Bottom

Washington circa 1916. "Fairview Hotel, 1st Street and Florida Avenue." The proprietor is former slave and "colored philosopher" Keith Sutherland. See the comments below for more on him. Harris & Ewing glass negative.

Hopefully you found our last post about Hell's Bottom fascinating. At the very least, it was educational, and now you know how horrible this place was. We came across an interesting article in the ...

Sanborn fire map of 12th, Vermont and Q St. in 1888

Our neighborhoods don't have quite the colorful names of yesteryear. Much like Murder Bay, Hell's Bottom was a seriously dangerous place to live, or even walk through. It was not the beat you wanted a...