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Undoing Retrocession: The Failed Attempt to Restore Washington D.C.'s Original Borders
In the early 1900s, Presidents Taft and Wilson tried reversing the 1846 retrocession of Alexandria, VA to restore DC's original borders. But despite political momentum, Virginian resistance doomed efforts to reclaim the valuable land.
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Exploring the Lost Jewel of the Capital: A Journey Through the Historic Metropolitan Theater's Golden Era
Dive into history with the Metropolitan Theater, an architectural marvel that defined the golden era of American cinema in the nation's capital.
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About Brookland's Cuckold's Delight Subdivision
Why would somebody name a subdivision Cuckold's Delight? We can't think of a more bizarre name considering what it means.
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It's 4:20 Somewhere
Hazy blue smoke surrounds the origins of the annual Fourth of July Smoke-In. Though it now takes place in Lafayette Square, across the barricaded street from the White House, it began on the Mall.
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Adams Morgan: How This Uptown DC Neighborhood Got Its Name
Adams Morgan didn't exist in 1888. Read this story to learn the history of how it came to be known as Adams Morgan. We also have a great map showing Adams Morgan when it was very rural.
Griffith Stadium from the air in 1925
We Finally Found a High-Res Image of Griffith Stadium
Searching for a high-res image of Griffith Stadium? We found one at the National Archives. Check it out and learn more about the history of Griffith Stadium with GhostsofDC.
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A Look Back: An Old Advertisement for 1201 Clifton St. NW in Columbia Heights, 1910
Take a look back in time with this old advertisement for 1201 Clifton St. NW in Columbia Heights from 1910. See the original ad and the street view today.
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1957 Guided Tour of Washington, D.C.
This film footage from 1957 is excellent. Make sure you watch the whole thing and check out the familiar sites.
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A Look Back in Time: A Night View of Scott Circle in April 1943
Take a look back in time and explore Scott Circle in Washington, D.C. in April 1943. Check out this great post and aerial view of the circle, as well as a hand-drawn map by Alexander Graham Bell.
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This Cutaway Drawing of the Evening Star Building is Amazing
Check out this amazing cutaway drawing of the Evening Star Building at 11th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. We posted a great photo of it some time ago, but this was something we had to share. The image was printed in the Evening Star on May 10th, 1922.
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Before the Mayflower: A Look at Dupont and Farragut Circa 1919
Take a step back in time and explore what south of Dupont Circle and Farragut looked like in 1919, before the Mayflower was built. See the historic map from the Library of Congress.
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Exploring the Structural Work of the Capitol Dome in a Photo from the 1920s
Explore the old photo from the 1920s that shows the inside structure of the Capitol Dome. Get a glimpse into the beautiful architectural design of the Capitol Dome from the past and discover the history of its structural work.
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A Look Back at Chevy Chase: Comparing the 1921 Price of $15,000 to the 2021 Price of $1.145 Million
Take a look back at Chevy Chase in 1921 and compare it to the current 2021 prices. This beautiful old home was listed at $15,000 in 1921 and is currently for sale at $1.145 million. See what else has changed!
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Geronimo and Five Other Indian Chiefs in Teddy Roosevelt's Inaugural Parade in 1905
Discover the amazing story of how Geronimo and five other Western Indian chiefs attended and celebrated Teddy Roosevelt's inaugural parade in Washington, DC in 1905. Click the image for a larger version.
The assassination of President Lincoln: at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 14th, 1865
The Program for April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theater - The Night President Lincoln Was Assassinated
Take a look at the program from April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theater - the night President Lincoln was assassinated. You can see the characters, actors and the ticket prices for the show. Incredible to think of what that audience experienced that night.

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