Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Cabin John Bridge

Can You Date This Old Photo of Cabin John Bridge?

Can anyone help date this image? We found it at the Library of Congress. It says it was done in 1852, though if I’m not mistaken, the bridge wasn’t completed until the 1860s. Source: Library of...

"Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Virginia, 1958-63. Eero Saarinen, architect. Mobile lounge, control tower and terminal." All we need now is an airplane. Medium format negative by Balthazar Korab.

Beautiful 1960s Photos of Dulles Airport

Dulles Airport has an almost Mad Men like romanticism, even though these mobile lounges were a giant pain in the ass. The photo below is another angle in black and white of this photo we posted...

1935. Washington, D.C. "View looking down from U.S. Capitol dome, West Front." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Incredible 1935 View Looking Down From Capitol Dome

This photo is going to give you vertigo. It’s a view looking down from the Capitol Dome. Click on it for greater details. Source: Shorpy

Hickory Hill - the Kennedy estate on Chain Bridge Road

JFK Opposed Widening Chain Bridge Road

Sometimes we forget that famous people are also regular people with problems other than running a country. JFK was a young senator from Massachusetts when he lived off of Chain Bridge Road in McLean. He and...

Looking down Pennsylvania Avenue

Beautiful Old Photo Looking Down Pennsylvania Avenue

When was this photo taken? Can you help date it, because it wasn’t properly labeled. It appears to be the view down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House from the Capitol Dome. Source: Library of Congress

This is a bulldog. Not Queen.

Wild Dog, Potomac Parkway Terror, Shot and Killed

This is probably not something you would see today. At least, let’s hope not. We came across the headline “Wild Dog of Potomac Slain” inΒ The Washington Post from July 28th, 1913. Below is the article. “Queen,”...

Scott Circle

Aerial View of Scott Circle

What a cool old photo of Scott Circle. I’m not sure when this is from, but we dug it up at the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress

Wide view of the Old Harvard Street Bridge across Rock Creek Park taken from the south (down creek) side. A dirt road with a log fence appears on the right.

Old Harvard Street Bridge Over Rock Creek

Do you know where the Harvard St. Bridge is? I couldn’t place it until I looked it up, and obviously, it’s the bridge at the end of Harvard St. within the National Zoo. Pretty obvious, right?...

View of four boats in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal lined up to cross the Potomac Aqueduct Bridge. The boats are owned by the Canal Towage Co. (misspelled "Towace). The postcard's reverse is stamped "Sunday Magazine April 16, 1933."

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in 1909

Here’s a great shot of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in 1909. Source: Dig DC

Looking north up 14th Street NW from just below Constitution Avenue NW. Visible is the Commerce Department and the Willard Hotel in the distance. A set of streetcar tracks appear embedded in the street in the foreground.

What Did 14th St. Look Like in 1927?

Check out this amazing 1927 photo of 14th St. Source: Dig DC You’re looking north along 14th St. towards the Commerce Department. It’s probably a little later than 1927 since construction on the Commerce building only...

Cuban Embassy

Help Identify These Cuban Embassy Photos

We need some help pinpointing the dates of these photos. They were labeled 1905 to 1945. My guess is sometime in the 1930s? Source: Library of Congress

Cuban War Mission Visits D.C.

Here is a photo from 1917 showing the Cuban War Mission to the United States. Source: Library of Congress

President Coolidge calls on President Machado of Cuba upon arrival in Washington. President Coolidge with President Gerardo Machado of Cuba [...]ides photographed at the Cuban embassy in Washington Chief Executive of the United States paid a return [...]a's President. President Machado had previously President Coolidge at the White House shortly after [...]l in the National Capital

President Visits Cuban President at Embassy

Here’s a cool old photo of President Calvin Coolidge visiting President Gerardo Machado at the Cuban Embassy on April 22nd, 1927. Source: Library of Congress

Embassy of Cuba in 1937

Beautiful 1930s Photo of Cuban Embassy

What a great old shot of the Cuban Embassy at 2630 16th St. NW. Source: Library of Congress

View of the M Street NW elevation of the two-story Key Mansion with Key's single-story law office attached to west side of structure. A portion of the commercial building continuing west along the street is also visible.

Francis Scott Key Lived in This Georgetown House

It’s so sad that this house no longer stands. The house stood roughly where Key Bridge enters Georgetown today. The address was 3518 M St. NW. Source: Dig DC

View from Pennsylvania Avenue NW looking east towards the buildings on the east side of 15th Street as well as the southeast corner of 15th and G Streets. Streetcars and horses and wagons are on streets.

15th and G St. NW in 1911

I’m trying to make out where this is today. 15th, Pennsylvania, and G St. don’t really intersect. Can you help out and add your ideas below in the comments? I think we’re looking down Pennsylvania, to...

7th and G St. in 1911

7th and G St. in the Summer of 1911

What a cool old photo of 7th and G St. NW in 1911. Source: Dig DC

Moran family grave marker at Holy Rood Cemetery

Story of John Moran, the Georgetown University Doctor

Whenever I stroll through D.C. cemeteries, given my fascinating with the stories of regular Washingtonians, I’m always curious what the story is behind the names on the headstones. Hundreds and thousands of people who lived decades,...