Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

From the Crazy Vault, Notable People & Places

Mayflower Hotel Maid Finds Woman Near Death; Husband Shoots Self Through Heart

This title is worthy of a big #WTF. Posts like this are sadly some of the more popular ones. I don’t know if GoDCers are attracted to the macabre, but it sure seems that way. So here’s...

pool hall in the early 1900s (source unknown)

From the Crazy Vault

Pool Hall Contest Ends in Riot

Anytime you throw men, booze and pool into an equation, with a little competition on the side, you’re asking for trouble. This hypothesis is tested and proven true according to an article in the Washington Post...

Old Masonic Temple building (via Jacqueline Drayer)

From the Crazy Vault, Notable People & Places

A “Bomb” is Found and Officer Sprinkle Saves the Day

Once again, our favorite hero has come to the rescue. This tale from the annals of Officer Sprinkle dates back to July 1st, 1914. The Washington Post reported a story about an explosive device found in...

August 14th, 1924. President Calvin Coolidge and his radio-equipped Buick automobile in Washington. (Shorpy)

Notable People & Places, Reader's Choice

Calvin Coolidge, Vermont Native and Our 30th President

Per a comment received on the Warren Harding slide show, here’s a one for his successor, Calvin Coolidge. So, Kai … here’s a bunch of photos of the 30th President of the United States. If you have...

Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bruce Springsteen concert at the University of Maryland in 1973

Notable People & Places

Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bruce Springsteen at the University of Maryland

Check this out! If you were a student at the University of Maryland back in 1973 — maybe some of you were? — you could attend this sick concert with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and...

White House Easter Egg Roll (1898)

Guest Posts, Notable People & Places

The White House Easter Egg Roll

This is a guest post by Rick. The White House website currently carries this message: On Monday April 9, 2012, the First Family will host the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme...

Bruce Springsteen

Notable People & Places

Springsteen Rocks Washington … in 1980

I suspect you’re checking out the blog this morning thinking, hmm … something looks different. Well, I spent the bulk of my posting time this past weekend cleaning up the new design of the site. The...

District of Columbia flag (via Flickr)

Updates from the Blog

Three Months In and a New Look for Ghosts of DC

Whoa, what happened to Ghosts of DC? Well, we are redesigning the site in celebration of three months being online. Yep, that’s right … hard to believe it we’ve blown through 215 posts thus far. We’re...

Bonus Army eviction in 1932 (Wikipedia)

Reader's Choice, Three Things...

Three Things About Poplar Point and Anacostia Flats

If you’re fortunate enough to be participating in WABA’s “Down the Tubes” ride tomorrow, the last stop on your journey is going to be Poplar Point. Probably 70% of District residents don’t know what this is...

O Street pumping station (JDLand)

Reader's Choice, Three Things...

Three Things About the O Street Pumping Station

Your second major stop on the WABA “Down the Tubes” bicycle ride on Sunday is going to be the O Street Pumping Station, down by the Navy Yard. This is a beautiful old Beaux-Arts building from...

Bryant Street pumping station (Wikipedia)

Reader's Choice, Three Things...

Three Things About the Bryant Street Pumping Station

Curious about water problems in DC? Here are stories about the Bryant Street Pumping Station from the early 1900s.

Murder Bay in 1855 (Smithsonian)

Faces & Places of Yesterday, The Best Of

Murder Bay, the Rough-and-Tumble Lost Neighborhood

If you’re the kind of person that thinks walking home from Wonderland is sketchy, needs bars on your windows in Eckington or believes Petworth is a “fringe” neighborhood, you wouldn’t stand a chance in Murder Bay.

Real estate advertisement from 1920 (Washington Times)

Old Ads & Classifieds

Owning Your Own Apartment is Preferred to Owning Your House

I’m sure anyone would like rent of $42.50. This advertisement from 1920 is making a strong argument for Washingtonians to buy an apartment.

Walter Reed Army Hospital flu ward circa 1919 (Shorpy)

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Children Across D.C. Left Orphaned by Spanish Flu

I was researching a couple of stories and I came across an article that was so sad that I had to share it with you. It’s from the Washington Times on October 19th, 1918. The world was...

Notable People & Places

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Hart Senate Office Building

Here’s another interesting video, giving you some history you probably don’t know. I’m also guessing a number of you work in or near this building. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xojtwf_hart-office-building_lifestyle Also, I very much remember the building being closed for...

Historical Events

The Washington Capitals’ Inaugural Game

It was to be expected that the Caps would suck in their first year. It was the team’s first year in D.C and the NHL. They joined the league that year as an expansion team, along with...

Takoma Theater in the 1980s (WAMU)

Guest Posts, Other Cool Stuff

Lights! Camera! A Famous Comedy Special???

This is a guest post by Jason (aka, @MidAtlanticBias) At the top of our fair city sits a nearly 100 year old movie theatre. Until this post, I didn’t think I had ever seen its interior. But I have....

Flag of Ireland

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk: Embassy of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but that is only the climax of the love affair between our country and The Emerald Isle. Everyone has, or claims to have, some link back to Ireland. My...