Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

1861 Civil War map of Virginia

GoDCers Love Maps

Civil War Reconnaissance Map of Arlington

Here is an old Civil War map of Arlington. This map was for reconnaissance, done by Benjamin Church. The orientation is a little different with north being down and to the right. Click on it for...

VIEW OF WASHINGTON MONUMENT FROM THE VICINITY OF CAPITAL OVERLOOK, 1932. - George Washington Memorial Parkway, Along Potomac River from McLean to Mount Vernon, VA, Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, VA

Faces & Places of Yesterday

1932 View of George Washington Parkway

Here is a photo looking at the Washington Monument from the vantage point of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Source: Library of Congress It looks like this bend is somewhere near where National Airport is today....

aerial view of East Potomac Park

Faces & Places of Yesterday

1922 Aerial View of East Potomac Park and Hains Point

Here is a cool aerial view of East Potomac Park and Hains Point. Source: Library of Congress By the way, do you know why it’s called Hains Point?

1835 map of Washington

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1835 Map of Washington, D.C.

Here is an old map of Washington before the retrocession of the western portion back to Virginia. This was when the territory had three cities within it: Washington, Georgetown, and Alexandria, plus two counties in Washington...

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Street scene, 15th and G Streets near Riggs National Bank." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Awesome 1919 Street Scene on 15th Street

Photos like this can suck up an hour of my time. I just love looking at these. Click on it for a larger version. This shows a scene at 15th and Pennsylvania in 1919. In the...

1616 Allison St. NW

Old Ads & Classifieds

New Crestwood Home on Allison Street For Sale in 1922

This is an old ad from The Evening Star printed on Saturday, November 11th, 1922. It’s a home for sale in Crestwood at 1616 Allison St. NW. The home was just built prior to this advertisement running...

Thomas Circle in 1943

Faces & Places of Yesterday

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, and this one which includes a map of the circle in...

Hyattsville Hardware in 1940

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photo of Hyattsville Hardware in 1940

This is a terrific old photo of Hyattsville Hardware taken in June of 1940. The building still stands at 5123 Baltimore Ave. Source: Library of Congress Below is the same building today on Google Street View....

Guest Posts

D.C.’s Connection With the Titanic

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng. New York has significant ties to Titanic. Many of Gotham’s elite members of society died in the disaster, including John Jacob Astor, Benjamin Guggenheim, and Isidor and...

Washington, D.C. Corner store which is patronized by Mrs. Ella Watson, a government charwoman

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Beautiful Photo of 11th St. Row Houses

GoDCers, check this out. It’s a photo taken in August of 1942 showing two buildings on 11th St. The photo was taken from Ella Watson’s home across the street. She was a government charwoman (a woman...

Columbia Heights homes

Old Ads & Classifieds

Recognize These 1912 Columbia Heights Homes?

Here is an ad from The Evening Star printed on Saturday, September 14th, 1912 (seven weeks later Woodrow Wilson was elected president — and he banned inaugural balls). Any thoughts on where these homes are today? According...

sign at the National Zoo

From the Crazy Vault

Lost Children Will Be Taken to the Lion House

Here is an amusing (though I don’t believe intentionally) sign that was posted in the National Zoo. The photo was taken in May of 1943. This reminds me of the crazy post we did a while...

F Street in the 1910s - Harris & Ewing

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Beautiful Photo of F Street in 1910s

This is an incredible old photo of F Street some time in the mid-1910s. Source: Library of Congress Check out this great photo of F Street from 1970, this image from 1817, this one showing the old post office...

Faces & Places of Yesterday

U.S. Treasurer Buys Home in 16th Street Heights

If you don’t live in or close to 16th Street Heights, you probably don’t know where it is. Okay, you know it’s near 16th St., but that’s about it. Either way, it’s a neighborhood with some...

Oak View - home of President Cleveland - Oct. 3, 1897

Why Is It Named...?

Why Is It Named Cleveland Park?

What is today Cleveland Park was an area for well-off Washingtonians to build their summer cottages. It was far enough away from swampy hot downtown and elevated to provide some breezy relief.

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18th Century Map of What Would Become Arlington

How cool is this old map of Arlington? It shows Arlington County as it looked in the 18th century. By the way, do you know why it’s named Arlington? Source: Library of Congress

Guest Posts, If Walls Could Talk

Wok and Roll Restaurant, Mary Surratt, and the Conspiracy to Kill Lincoln

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng. I’ve been to D.C.’s Chinatown a number of times. I even remember passing the Wok and Roll restaurant at 604 H Street NW. The restaurant name certainly...

October 29, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Melvin Jones, 5, who pierced heart with scissors."

From the Crazy Vault

Boy Pierces Self in Heart With Scissors and Lives

Here’s a super crazy story. The boy below is Melvin Jones, five years old, who lived at 210 9th St. NE with his family. At the end of October, 1925, he was playing with his brother...