Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

`Key Bridge in 1965

Awesome 1965 Photo of Key Bridge

Hello GoDCers! Thursday is coming to a close, and tomorrow is Friday. So that’s great news. To celebrate, we’re sharing a great afternoon photo with you. This is a great photo that we dug up on Flickr....

Colorized Photo of Lewis Powell, Lincoln Conspirator

Wow, what else can I say about this one. Thanks to the abundance of random stuff on Reddit, I stumbled across this the other day. How amazing is it? This almost looks like it was taken...

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Post Office a la cart." Deck the truck with boughs of holly! National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Christmas Post Office Truck in 1919

Here’s a cool old photo from Christmas 1919. It appears to be a makeshift post office to handle overflow mail during the holiday season.

GoDC Links: Lincoln’s Technology and Catania Over Gray?

We’ve heard from quite a few of you that Ghosts of DC is a regular morning read. And, given that we come across so much great content, we’re going to compile a brief post on occasion...

D. Mullany's Saloon at 14th and E St. NW in 1913

Three Lost D.C. Saloons

We haven’t done a good “Three Things …” post in a while, so here’s one listing three old saloons in Washington. We dug through the old newspaper archives and came across a classified listing of businesses...

1900 Ad for Washington Brewing Company

Check out this cool beer ad from 1900. Golden Hop … yum.

Union Army guard at Price, Birch & Co. slave pen at Alexandria, Virginia, circa 1865. Detail of albumen print. Photograph by Andrew J. Russell.

1865 Photo of Alexandria Slave Pen

This is a powerful Civil War-era photograph. It shows Price, Birch & Co., which was a slave dealing business. Source: Shorpy

Proposed drawing for Independence Square, Washington Memorial and grounds from model. Drawing for Independence Square III

Proposed Second Mall East of Capitol

Check this out. It’s a proposed design for a second mall, east of the Capitol Building. Obviously, this was never built, but imagine how different things would be. The design below was done as part of...

Baseball House Puzzle answer

Answer to the Baseball House Puzzle

Sorry, this was supposed to auto-publish yesterday afternoon, but didn’t. Here’s the solution to Donovan’s Baseball House Puzzle, printed in The Washington Post on October 7th, 1894. Did any of you get this? Below is the article. Last...

Map of Metro Done in Braille

This is a map of Metro done with braille. I’m not sure what the date it on this, but since the Red Line stops at Silver Spring (why is it named Silver Spring?), it’s some time...

The Baseball House Puzzle

The Baseball House Puzzle of 1894

Here’s a terrific puzzle for you to solve, from our last post about the Baseball House and William Donovan. Below are the directions printed in The Washington Post back in 1894. We’ll be posting the answer at...

View of Aqueduct Bridge and Rosslyn from Georgetown, ca. 1900. The American Brewery is located in upper right. (Arlington Public Library)

Fire and Explosions Threaten to Destroy Rosslyn

You may not know this, but many years ago, in 1925, Rosslyn was nearly destroyed by a major fire. We came across a crazy article detailing the horrors and action-movie like sequences of the fire that...

Bank of the United States - $1 bill (1852)

1852 Bank of the United States Dollar Bill

How cool is this? It’s an 1852 dollar bill issued by the Bank of the United States. Source: currencyquest.com

Joe Gibbs in 1992

The Day Joe Gibbs ‘Retired’

Sportscaster Steve Buckhantz is best known as the long-time TV play-by-play voice for the Washington Wizards. But in early 1993, when he was sports director at WTTG-TV (Channel 5), he scored one of Washington’s most stunning sports scoops, breaking...

"Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Va., 1958-63. Eero Saarinen, architect. Mobile lounges." A sort of giant rolling jetway (mostly out of frame at left) that carried passengers at Dulles from terminal to plane. The stair truck supported the gangway. 120mm color transparency by Balthazar Korab.

Boarding a Flight at Dulles in the 1960s

Dulles Airport was the first airport in the world build for jet aircraft. This photo shows passengers boarding an Eastern Airlines' Douglas DC-8

American League Park, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia vs. Washington. May 6, 1905

Donovan’s Baseball House: Finest Bar in The Country

Washington is a baseball town. There is no doubt about that. In fact, there is a rich history going back to the 19th century including an Irishman’s bar fully dedicated to the love of the game....

Gayety Theater on 9th St.

Lone Bandit Steals $10K in Diamonds

This is a crazy crime story that we found in The Washington Post. It was printed on February 18th, 1922 with the title “Gem Thief Holds Hundreds at Bay.” Above is a photo of the Gayety Theatre,...

the Mall

1930s Aerial View West of the National Mall

Here’s a cool aerial shot of the National Mall from the Capitol and Library of Congress to the Potomac. Source: Cornell University Library