Potomac River

You think it's cold today? Well, it is ... but 130 years ago, there were some record freezing temperatures causing problems all over the...

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...

boat club

Here's a great shot that we found on Flickr. It's the boat club just above Aqueduct Bridge (or where Key Bridge is today). Source: D.C....

Union soldiers guarding the Potomac River in Washington, DC in 1861. Georgetown University is visible in the background. Photo by George Barnard

What an incredible photo. We dug this one up thanks to Reddit.

early map of Washington

That's right, the Patawmack River, not the Potomac. Check out this cool map of what would become the City of Washington. It was done...

Entrance to Washington Water Works, Great Falls, Potomac River - Photograph shows two men standing in a small flat boat near the spillway.

What an amazing photograph from the 1860s. This shows the entrance to the Washington Water Works near Great Falls. Source: Library of Congress

Potomac Boat Club in 1921

Here is a cool old photo of the Potomac Boat Club in 1921, standing in front of, what will soon become, the Key Bridge....

View of the suburbs of the city of Washington

These are some great prints of Washington as it looked in the mid-1790s. They were done by George Isham Parkyns and they show a slightly...

waiter at Herzog's

This is another shameful loss for Washington. The waterfront in SW used to be teeming with activity. (The fish market is really cool if...

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....

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