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Unraveling the Streets of DC in 1892: A Map of Washington City

An amazing map of Washington City from 1892 reveals the streets of the nation's capital in great detail. Learn what it was like to navigate the city before the World's Fair and street renaming.
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If you were heading to the nation’s capital in 1892 (not for the World’s Fair of course), a map like this would have been extremely helpful. Even now, though the streets are logically laid out in letters and numbers, people seem to be utterly confused by the diagonal state streets.

The altograph of Washington City, or, stranger's guide
The altograph of Washington City, or, stranger’s guide

Source: Library of Congress

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