Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Georgetown University football team in 1927 (source: georgetown.edu)

Georgetown Football Victory Wins Bride for Student

That football bet story, uncovered in the last post, about Marjorie Morris is too good not to look into, and sure enough, there’s an article about it titled “Hilltop Football Victory Wins Bride for Student.” Below...

26 Grafton St. in Chevy Chase - August 19th, 1923 (Washington Post)

Cops Bust Up “Whoopee” Party in Chevy Chase (1929)

Ah, kids will be kids. Even your grandparents and great-grandparents were kids once, and they too got themselves into trouble. So don’t feel so bad about what you did in high school or college. The evidence...

rats are gross

State Department Full of Rats

Yes … literally, not figuratively. This is an amusing article by Mike Causey of the Washington Post, published October 7th, 1968. Despite some talk about cleaning up the mess in Washington, none of the candidates has...

streetcar entering Dupont Underground near end of construction in 1949 (theatlanticcities.com)

Dupont Circle Closed For One Year on Monday (1948)

I took a tour of the Dupont Underground yesterday, and I have to say, it’s amazing. It’s like to step back into 1955. If you haven’t done it, you really should. You may or may not...

1937 Chevy taxi

Revenge Against Cabbie: Taxi Stolen, Pushed Into Potomac

This is a guest post by Aaron. He also wrote a really popular post on red metro trains. It must have made a splash. But nobody saw anything. An overturned taxi lay atop the rocky shore of the...

May 11th, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Ezra Meeker with 101 Ranch." The Wild West show rolls into town at the Florida Avenue fairgrounds. Ezra Meeker, "hero of the Oregon Trail," was part of the parade. National Photo glass neg. (Shorpy)

Oregon Trail Passes Through Washington

A caravan of horses, buffalo, elephants and longhorns passing through D.C.? What’s up with that? Take a closer look at the photo below, especially the super old dude driving the wagon. That’s Ezra Meeker, one of...

Griffith Stadium from the air in 1960 (Wikipedia)

Griffith Stadium Meets the Wrecking Ball

The site of so many wonderful baseball and football memories, Griffith Stadium, had its life ended by the brutal swings of a wrecking ball in 1965. The hapless doormat of the American League, the Washington Senators...

Fitch, Fox & Brown real estate advertisement for Lanier Heights - April 19th, 1884 (The National Republican)

Lanier Heights: A Fine Tract of Land on Columbia Road

This is pretty cool … if you live in Lanier Heights or Adams Morgan, you’ll also find this fascinating. This is a real estate advertisement for newly subdivided lots just north of Columbia Rd. NW. Related...

Grant's Bar at Old Ebbitt Grill

Boozin’ (and Not) in the District

This is a guest post by Rick. He also wrote a good one on the alley dwellings in Foggy Bottom. In a city where influence is a major activity of sizable numbers of residents, alcohol serves...

U.S. mail carrier in 1903

1903 Footage of Rural Postal Delivery

Here is film that I came across in the Library of Congress’ archives. It was shot on August 8th, 1903 in rural Washington, D.C. and is completely fascinating. Times have changed … just a little bit....

Runaway horse and carriage

Horse Impaled on the White House Fence

Here’s a crazy one for you. This is an article in the Washington Post from January 29th, 1897. A peculiar accident happened at the state reception at the White House last night, which will no doubt...

February 27, 1923. "Miss Alice Reighly, 1409 Harvard Street, president of Anti-Flirt Club, which has just been organized in Washington, D.C., and will launch an 'Anti-Flirt Week' beginning March 4. The club is composed of young women and girls who have been embarrassed by men in automobiles and on street corners." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. (Shorpy)

Anti-Flirt Club: Don’t Undress Me With Your Eyes

Looking at this photo, I had to do a little digging on the Anti-Flirt Club. This is amazing. Well, it turns out that there is a Wikipedia page dedicated to this and the basic description of...

14th St. car barn under construction - August 2nd, 1907 (Washington Times)

Huge Car Barns of 14th St. Line to Cost $250,000

If you live north on 14th St. NW, surely you are familiar with this giant car barn, now converted to house Metrobuses. Below is an article from the Washington Times, published on June 2nd, 1907. From...

Joe DiMaggio at Griffith Stadium - May 28th, 1941

First Night Game at Griffith Stadium

May 28th, 1941 was an important day in Washington baseball history. That evening, Griffith Stadium hosted its first-ever night game under the newly installed lights. The Senators were playing the powerful New York Yankees, led by...

Maya Ying Lin, the Yale architecture student who submitted the winning design for the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, holds a scale model of her design on May 6, 1981. © Bettmann/CORBIS (mentalfloss.com

On Shaky Grounds: Controversy and New Memorials in Washington DC

This is a guest post by Rick. He also wrote a good one on the White House Easter Egg Roll. The Ghosts of DC sometimes take shape in the midst of controversy, although most seem to...

Ted's Bulletin front (source: tedsbulletin.com)

If Walls Could Talk: Ted’s Bulletin

It has been over two months since our last “If Walls Could Talk” post (Shaw’s Tavern), so it’s high time we crank out another one. We’re going to head down to Barrack’s Row on Capitol Hill...

Bethesda real estate advertisement - May 18th, 1957 (Washington Post)

Go Modern: Incomparable Split-Level Rambler in Bethesda

I want to be fair and equitable to the Bethesdan GoDCers and make sure they get some of the history spotlight. We posted an ad for real estate in Vienna the other day and here is...

Eastern Market after fire renovations (source: Flickr user A Culinary (Photo) Journal)

Three Stories About Eastern Market

This is one of the most popular weekend spots in the city. Who doesn’t love to wander through the aisles of Eastern Market and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the old market? And...