Could You Swim in the Reflecting Pool?

These boys look like they’re having the time of their lives. This photo was taken back in the 1920s, when you were able to swim in the Reflecting Pool. It wasn’t permitted at the time, but clearly not strictly enforces.

I should note that they are swimming there because Congress failed to appropriate the money for the District pools. But, good thing that would never happen today.

July 7th, 1926
July 7th, 1926

Source: Library of Congress

 

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Proposed highway in Arlington

Proposed Southside Freeway in Arlington

Here’s an interesting proposal for the Southside Freeway in Arlington, which never came to be. This graphic is from The Washington Post printed on October 7th,

Thomas Circle in 1943

Photo of Thomas Circle in 1943

This is a photo of Thomas Circle in April of 1943. Don’t forget to check out this post on how the circle looked in 1920,

1906 map showing the original boundary milestones of the District of Columbia

1906 Map of All D.C. Boundary Stones

Working under commissioners that President Washington had appointed in 1790 in accordance with the Residence Act, Major Andrew Ellicott led a team that placed these markers in 1791 and 1792.