Beef Depot Monument (i.e., Washington Monument)

Prior to completion, the Washington Monument was an eyesore, sitting as an unfinished stub. For some time, it was used as grounds to raise cattle and inside, they would slaughter the cows for beef.

"Beef Depot Monument" - 1862
“Beef Depot Monument” – 1862

Source: Library of Congress

 

More from Ghosts of DC

One of few available houses for rent. Washington, D.C. One of the few available houses for rent under the crowded conditions. A study of the structure, however, will explain why there is no one now living in it

Rundown House Available for Rent

The caption on this photo states that the home was for rent. It’s unclear where this building is, but it looks like a pretty crappy

1917. Arlington, Virginia. "Fort Myer officer training camp mess." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

The Smiling Army Cook

Great photo. You can’t help but smile back when you look at it. The guy in the photo is an army cook at Ft. Myer

map of Alexandria County in 1879

1879 Map of Alexandria County

The treasure trove of maps held by the Library of Congress gave us this awesome map of Alexandria County (i.e., Arlington County today) from 1879.

Glover Park advertisement

Glover Park Homes: $8,950 Upward

Check out this great old advertisement from The Washington Post, printed on October 9th, 1927. Those were the good old days. Some have Frigidaire!

Hotel Harrington in 1916

Three Ads for Hotel Harrington in 1914

Hotel Harrington will have its 100th birthday next year in March. It’s one of the landmark D.C. buildings downtown that was spared the destruction of