We Want More Congress Heights

When we started this blog last year, we received close to zero emails from readers. That’s probably because we only had a dozen or so dedicated readers. Now, we are fortunate enough to hear from GoDCers on a daily basis. We’re doing our best to get back to each of you in a timely manner, and usually we’re able to oblige your story requests.

Below is an email request we received from GoDCer George last week.

Dear Ghosts of DC,

I’m attaching photos and articles for this neighborhood. My wife and I bought our house here in March 2011 and did all sorts of research on our home. I’m attaching articles from Sep/Dec 1908 about the woman who ended up building our house in March 1909 (we’ve found out a lot more, but I won’t bother you). She won her deceased husband’s police pension and most likely used that money to build our home a few months later (1910 Census has her and her daughters living in our house, along with a family of boarders). It’s a great historic neighborhood and I have more articles and pics that I’ve searched out over the past year. (also a random favorite about an elephant from 1898).

Please add Congress Heights to your neighborhoods list.


Thanks for sending your email George. We will add Congress Heights to the neighborhood list and share some of the cool material you sent to us.

For GoDCers out there, below is a photo he attached to his email. It shows old Nichols Avenue in 1910 and the current block (now MLK Blvd.) in 2010.

Nichols Avenue (MLB Boulevard) 1910 & 2010
Nichols Avenue (MLK Boulevard) 1910 & 2010

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