Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Fire and Police Station location s in 1880

Cool 1880 Map of Fire and Police Stations in D.C.

Where were the police and fire stations located in Washington back in 1880? Check out this great old map. Source: Library of Congress This was done by the same people that did the great 1880 property...

Cadastral survey map of Charles Carroll Jr.'s land in central Washington D.C. in 1793

1793 Map of Carroll Family Land in Washington

This is a really old map of the Carroll family plot in Washington in 1793. Source: Library of Congress

1903 map of Foggy Bottom

1903 Map of Current State Department Location

This is a 1903 map of the current location of the Department of State, on C St. between 21st and 23rd. Obviously, it was very different back then, with New York Ave. running through where the...

J.P. Morgan in Washington

J.P. Morgan in Front of the Capitol

This is an old photo of J.P. Morgan walking in front of the Capitol Building in 1912. He was in town to testify before the Pujo Committee. Source: Library of Congress

Washington Monument at night

1910s Night Photo of Washington Monument

Here’s a terrific old photo of the Washington Monument at night. Source: Library of Congress

Red Cross mobile canteen 1942

Red Cross Precursor to D.C. Food Trucks

This is a photo from World War II, taken in 1942. It’s a mobile canteen run by the Red Cross. Source: Library of Congress

ladies' waiting room at Union Station

Ladies’ Waiting Room in Union Station

Way back 100ish years ago, women would wait for their train in a separate waiting room at Union Station. Below is a photo of that ladies’ waiting room … which looks extremely sparse. This photo is...

The assassination of President Lincoln: at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 14th, 1865

Playbill from Ford’s Theatre on the Night of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theater began with a showing of Our American Cousin, and ended with an assassinated President Lincoln. The Library of Congress has the program from that evening. Pretty incredible to think that...

The Mayflower Coffee Shop and Grill, Washington, D.C.

Photo and Ad of the Mayflower Coffee Shop and Grill

Here’s a photo that we found at the Library of Congress. It shows the old Mayflower Coffee Shop and Grill in the late 1930s. Source: Library of Congress And here’s an advertisement for the hotel that...

1924 Washington Senators Team Photo

What a terrific photo of the Washington Senators from 1924. Source: Library of Congress

1921 Film of Italian General and Ambassador Visit to White House

We found this great old film footage at the Moving Image Research Collection at the University of South Carolina. It shows Italian Army General Armando Diaz and Italian Ambassador Rolando Ricci in front of the White...

1930s Film of Washington Senators Spring Training

Check out this great film footage from 1931 showing the Washington Senators during spring training. We found these at the Moving Image Research Collection at the University of South Carolina. And, here’s another great one of...

1907 map of Gallaudet University

1907 Map of Gallaudet University and Union Market

This is a map from 1907 showing the area around today’s Union Market and Gallaudet University. Source: Library of Congress

Washington Monument from above

Man Leaps to Death From Washington Monument

This is a morbid story from The Baltimore Sun, printed on March 10th, 1923. What is extremely striking is how graphic the depiction was back then. Washington, March 9.–For the first time in the 35 years that...

N. Moore & 19th - Source: rosslynva.org

Dangers of Dead Man’s Hollow Near Rosslyn

Rosslyn and Arlington weren’t always great places to be, especially in the late 19th and early 20th century. Many parts were quite bleak, and worse, extremely dangerous. There once was a place called Dead Man’s Hollow,...

Welcome to the Palisades sign

Why Is It Named MacArthur Boulevard?

If you’re a fan of D.C. history, you’ll know that MacArthur Blvd. used to be called Conduit Rd. You probably also know that it was named for General Douglas MacArthur, the famous World War II general....

Tunlaw Rd. and 39th St.

Why Is It Named Tunlaw Road?

There once was a great suburban Washington estate called Tunlaw, in what is today Wesley Heights -- the home stood at 45th and Klingle.

Walter Johnson in 1907

The Time Walter Johnson Pitched 18 Innings in One Game!

Walter Johnson is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and on May 15, 1918, he delivered a performance that stood out from any of his other games. He pitched a total of 18 innings...