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Here's a cool documentary from YouTube on Thompson's Dairy, formerly on 11th St. near U St. Thanks to GoDCers Alex and Richard, U St. residents and local history buffs, for sending this in. https:/...

The Dunbar Hotel, located on 15th street between U and V streets NW. Designed by Clement A. Didden, Jr. the hotel had 485 bedrooms. Demolished in 1974. Automobiles are shown on the street, pedestrians on the sidewalk, and a gas station with a "Texaco / Amoc / Sinclair" sign. "Ansco Safety Film" edge imprint. Negative uncaptioned.

This is a series of photos that we found at the Smithsonian. It shows the Dunbar Hotel, a building that used to sit on the northwest corner of 15th and U St. Sadly, this beautiful building was demolis...

14th and U Street in 1960

What a cool photo courtesy of the Smithsonian. This is a shot of U St. in 1960. If I'm not mistaken, this is looking east, standing on the northwest corner of the block. Source: Smithsonian

Smith Transfer and Storage Co., 13th & U Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.

This is the Smith Transfer and Storage Company, formerly at 1313 U St., where the Ellington Apartment Building sits today. This photo was taken sometime between 1910 and 1920.

Winfield Scott Hancock statue

Many of you are probably shocked to hear that there was a traffic circle at 16th and U St. The intersection is already a nightmare, with New Hampshire crossing at a diagonal. If you cross as a pedestr...

Elite Laundry at night

To the best of our knowledge, this is 901 U St. NW, currently occupied by über-popular Brixton. Check out the photo of the front today ... you can definitely see the resemblance. Below is t...

Baist map of U St. and Shaw (1921)

Below is the Baist real estate map of the area around U St. and Vermont Ave. NW. So if you're a frequent patron of Dodge City, Nellie's, or the hoppin' new place, Brixton, this will be pretty interest...

Earlier this week, Ghosts of DC received a generous invite to tour the 9:30 Club. To some GoDCers, it might come as a shock that we haven't yet written about this hub of the local music scene. It wasn...

Army jeep containing soldiers on 9th Street with civilian car next to it. There is a sign over a storefront on the corner of the street which reads "SABIN'S 9TH & U RECORDS". Shows the northwest corner of the 9th and U Street (Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History)

The '68 riots were a tragic and defining moment in our city's history. Here's a great then and now shot of 9th and U St. I think you'll recognize the building in the middle, currently occupied by Dick...

Ben's Chili Bowl (Wikipedia)

I took a fair bit of time to do a little research into how U street got its name. After some research, it was abundantly clear that this wouldn't be a short post. This is an area of D.C. that h...

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