Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Exterior of old Pennsylvania Station, 6th & B Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C., as it appeared in the 1880's showing street traffic in front and insert of interior

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station in the 1880s

We found this at the Library of Congress, and it shows the old B&O Railroad Station where President Garfield was assassinated. Source: Library of Congress

tank rolling through Washington during World War I

Whoa! Tank Rolling Through DC (Where Is This?)

This is a cool photo from 1918, showing a tank rolling through Washington. Any idea where this is? Source: Library of Congress

David L. Yulee (U.S. National Archives)

First Jewish Senator and an Ardent Secessionist

We came across some interesting history while digging through the rabbit hole that is Wikipedia. David Levy Yulee, of Florida, was not only one of the first senators from that state, but he was also the...

Officer Sprinkle and His Brother

Thanks to the tweet below, we came across an amazing photo of Officer Sprinkle and his brother. Dunno if word ever got to @GhostsofDC or @timkrepp – TWO Sprinkle brothers were MPD officers, J.L. and J.F....

Bugler Plays Taps at Kennedy’s Funeral

Exactly 50 years ago today, JFK was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Below is footage of the gun salute and the bugler playing taps.

FDR and the “Buddy Poppy” (1938)

I never knew about the significance of the November poppy for certain countries until I left to study in Brussels back in 2004. Now, I notice it. Every November, I notice the poppy. My wife pins a...

Truman's proposed West Wing expansion

Truman’s Proposed Extension to the West Wing Didn’t Happen

I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but the extension proposed by Harry Truman was never built. He was annoyed by the rejection, so he instead, went ahead with the...

6911 8th Street NW

For Sale: 6911 8th Street NW

What a cool then and now photo. This is 6911 8th St. NW back in 1921, when it appears to have been for sale. Check out the Zillow listing for the home today. Source: Library of...

view down Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Building

Capitol Building and Pennsylvania Avenue Before 1814

This is a cool old painting from the early 19th century. It shows the Capitol Building as it would have looked during the first decade of the 1800s. Source: Library of Congress

Kennedy throwing out the first pitch in 1962

Kennedy Throws Out First Pitch at 1962 All-Star Game

Check out this great photo from the 1962 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was held at the new D.C. Stadium (now RFK).

Kennedy and the National Symphony Orchestra

Before the Kennedy Center opening, the National Symphony Orchestra would perform at D.A.R. Constitution Hall. Below is an advertisement from The Washington Post, printed on November 22nd, 1963 with a quote from President Kennedy.

Senate Raises Debt Ceiling to $315 Billion

This is a headline that’s still apropos today. Though, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that the rancor is far worse today when debating the debt ceiling. This was in The Washington Post 50 years...

Delta Airlines advertisement

Fly to Houston on Delta

This is an advertisement in The Washington Post, from November 22nd, 1963. You could fly to Houston from Friendship (now BWI) for only $81.15 plus tax.

Crystal House advertisement

Unrivaled Crystal House With Rent at $119 a Month

Not a bad deal. Two-bedroom for $175 per month back in 1963. This advertisement was in The Washington Post on November 22nd, 1963. The day Kennedy was in Dallas.

Kennedy and Erhard when JFK visited West Germany in 1962

German Chancellor State Visit to White House on November 25th, 1963

On Friday, 50 years ago, The Washington Post printed this article detailing the upcoming state visit of West Germany’s Chancellor, Ludwig Erhard. Washingtonians were reading this in the morning newspaper, the same day Kennedy was in Dallas....

Jackie Kennedy

11/22/63: Foreshadowing Prayer Printed in Morning Washington Post

In scanning The Washington Post for November 22nd, 1963, I came across this small prayer, printed that day in section D8. It was a small block at the top right of the page and I nearly missed...

A Regular Friday Morning 50 Years Ago

Everyone else is going to be covering the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination and there will be no shortage of stories about it. Here at Ghosts of DC, we want to shed some light on the...

1907 advertisement for Silver Spring Park

1907 Silver Spring Park Advertisement

What a cool old advertisement for Silver Spring Park, printed in The Washington Times on July 14th, 1907.