23 Detailed Maps of Washington, D.C. in 1874

These are old maps of Washington in 1874. They're amazingly detailed and are a "manual for business men."

Snowy Maryland Avenue in 1890s Southwest

This shows a snowy street in D.C. back in the early 1890s. You’re looking at Maryland Ave. Southwest near 7th St. Source: D.C. Library

Snowy Southwest Street in 1899

Below is a great old photo of Southwest D.C. from 1899, showing the aftermath of the 1899 blizzard. You’re looking up 6th St. SW towards the old B&O railroad station at 6th and B St. NW (Constitution Ave.). Below is...

1963 Map of D.C. Public Housing

Here is an interesting map we found on the D.C. public library’s website. It’s a map of the National Capital Housing Authority’s public housing in the District back in 1963. Source: Dig DC If you haven’t yet donated to the...

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Ghosts of DC Started Eight Years Ago Today

Thank you for eight great years of Ghosts of DC! Nearly 3K posts, 45K followers on social media, and several million readers over the years.

Sixteenth Street Heights Map in 1910

This old map shows Sixteenth Street Heights real estate plots laid out in 1910.

Who’s Who in the Watergate Scandal

Remember the names of those involved in the Watergate scandal? In August 1974, Richard Nixon resigned before being impeached.

The Last New Year’s Eve Before Prohibition

It’s really hard to believe, but the year 2020 is nearly upon us. I suspect the denizens of Washington, D.C. on December 31st, 1919 felt the same way about 1920 approaching. It’s entirely likely that they were desperately dreading the...

1915 Map of Racially Segregated D.C. Schools

This 1915 map shows the segregated schools of Washington. Integration wouldn't begin until 1954.

Washington Post 1996 screen shot

When Did the Washington Post Launch a Website?

The Washington Post launched their first website in June 1996 after a failed attempt at online news called Digital Ink.