Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Notable People & Places, The Best Of

Photos of The Beatles in Washington, D.C.

We wrote some posts about The Beatles a long time ago, like this one about their first concert and this one about them playing D.C. Stadium. It’s been a really long time since we posted about...

The Alexandria Gazette - January 2nd, 1904

In the Paper, This Day in History

Front Page News 110 Years Ago Today

Here is the front page of the Alexandria Gazette, exactly 110 years ago today, January 2nd, 1904. Source: Library of Congress

1936 view of the Mall

Notable People & Places

1936 View of the National Mall

What a great photo from 1936. This shows the National Mall as viewed from the Capitol. Source: Cornell University Library

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Desirable Villas in Cleveland Heights

You may or may not be aware of this, but in the early days, Cleveland Park was referred to as Cleveland Heights (i.e., Columbia Heights, and Adams Morgan formerly known as Washington Heights). Below is a...

Army Officers at New Year reception, [Washington, D.C.], 1/1/25

Notable People & Places, This Day in History

Military Officers Celebrate New Year’s at White House

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is a great year for you and all GoDCers … while you recover from whatever you did last night, check out this old photo from January 1st, 1925. It shows...

Washington Herald - January 1st, 1914

This Day in History

Front Page News – January 1st, 1914

This was the front page of The Washington Herald, exactly 100 years ago today. Source: Library of Congress

Car buried in snow

Guest Posts, Historical Events

Snowy Winter in Washington

There’s no snow in the forecast for a white Christmas, so to take its place, check out some of these photos of major snow in DC from the late 1800s and early 1900s. First, a car...

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1892 Map of Rural Anacostia

We posted a cool old rural map of Tenleytown a short while back. Here’s a map from the same group, showing Anacostia back in 1892. Source: Library of Congress

Notable People & Places

Mantle vs. Killebrew Home Run Derby

Now this is a really cool old video that we uncovered on YouTube. It shows a home run derby between Mickey Mantle and Harmon Killebrew. From our Wikipedia research, it looks like this was filmed in...

Baseball in front of the Capitol Building

Guest Posts, Other Cool Stuff

We’re ready for some baseball!

Fewer than 50 days until pitchers and catchers report. Here at Ghosts of DC, we’re huge baseball fans, so even though it’s the middle of every sport except for baseball, we needed to get some hardball...

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Cool Satellite View of National Mall

Here’s a really cool, not often seen, view of the National Mall. This was taken by the IKONOS satellite on March 30th, 2001. Source: Archive.org

Tenleytown Metro

Other Cool Stuff

Tenleytown, Tennallytown, or Tenallytown?

The etymological history of neighborhoods and towns in the area are popular topics of conversation for GoDCers. One area of great interest here in Tenleytown, or is that Tenallytown? A little digging through the newspapers of...

Other Cool Stuff

Seven Corners Built on Land Owned by Former Slave

Did you know that? We sure didn’t This is a fascinating article that we dug up in The Washington Post from February 26th, 1953. We were doing a little research on the history of Seven Corners and...

The Mall as seen from the Capitol

Notable People & Places

1936 View of the Washington Monument from the Capitol

This is a beautiful photo taken from the Capitol Building in 1936, looking down the Mall at the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian. Source: Cornell University Library

Mary Winsor (Penn.) '17 [holding Suffrage Prisoners banner]

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Freedom For Women Is Not A Crime

This is Mary Winsor of Pennsylvania in 1917, holding up a sign in support of the National Woman’s Party. Winsor was the founder and president of the Limited Suffrage Society and in September of 1917 was...

GoDCers Love Maps, The Best Of

Map of Original Land Owners in Washington City

The map was done in 1874 and represents Washington as it would have looked before 1792.

Washington Monument from above

Guest Posts, Notable People & Places

Tip of the Washington Monument

You’ve probably seen amazing views of the Washington Monument like this: or maybe like this (and if not, then here it is for the first time!): But you probably haven’t seen the very tip of the...

map around the National Mall

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1872 Street Paving Map of Washington

You think the roads are bad today, with all the potholes? I assure you, they were worse in the 1870s. Here’s a really cool old map that we dug up at the Library of Congress, marking...