Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

In the Paper

Booming Georgetown in 1922

This great newspaper clipping is from The Washington Times on January 29th, 1922. Source : Library of Congress

Lost History

Stunning Old Raleigh Hotel, Lost Forever

You’re going to love this amazing photo of a long-lost building in our city. You’re looking at the old Raleigh Hotel, formerly located at 12th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. It’s so sad that these iconic structures...

Old Ads & Classifieds

Early 1900s Wisconsin Ave. Real Estate

You could hand your own piece of Wisconsin Avenue real estate for only $50 down back in 1908. Not a bad deal!

Eaton School children in the 1910s

Why Is It Named...?

Why Is It Named? The D.C. Public Elementary School Edition.

We have seriously slowed down our posts because Ghost Baby is growing up, and there’s also Ghost Baby #2. So Mrs. Ghost and I are of course very interested in the D.C. public elementary school system....

1919 proposal to extend Vermont Ave.

GoDCers Love Maps, Lost History

Map of Proposed Vermont Ave. Extension From Florida to Georgia

Check this out. Here’s a map of something that didn’t happen. Howard University proposed extending Vermont Ave. from Florida Ave. to Georgia Ave. back in 1919. Source: Library of Congress Here’s that same intersection today on...

Parking map of the congested area of Washington, D.C. (1922)

GoDCers Love Maps

1922 Congested Parking Map of D.C.

This is a cool old map of D.C. showing where you could and could not park in 1922. Click on it to zoom in on the details. Source: Library of Congress

Faces & Places of Yesterday

1950 Horizon-to-Horizon Photo of Washington

This is a cool photo of Washington taken by the U.S. Air Force using a horizon to horizon camera. Check it out. Source: Library of Congress

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Incredible Aerial Photo of 1922 Washington

You have to click on this photo to see the incredible details of the city from 1922. Wow, just amazing.

House Chamber of the Capitol circa 1908, with a quorum of ghosts in this time exposure.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photo of U.S. House of Representatives When Laws Were Once Passed

This photo shows the old United States House of Representatives in a time when laws were passed, senators would verbally spar on the floor, and spend the evening socializing over whiskey and cigars. The good old days.

May 1865. "Another artillery unit passing on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Treasury." Wet plate glass negative by Mathew Brady.

Faces & Places of Yesterday

See the End of the Civil War in D.C.

This stunning old photo shows the city of Washington in May of 1865.

White House image from the 1880s

Notable People & Places

Stunning 1880s Photo of the White House

You have to see this amazing old photo of the White House. This is a view of the President’s Mansion from the south. Source: Library of Congress

Architectural drawing for alterations to the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. West elevation Summary

Lost History

1877 Drawing of Proposed Capitol Modifications

Fascinating drawing of the U.S. Capitol from the 1870s showing proposed modifications to the building. This is the west elevation of the building, the opposite side of the National Mall. Source: Library of Congress

GoDCers Love Maps

Tennallytown in 1903

What … did I spell this incorrectly? Nope, but you should checkout this post about the history of the neighborhood’s name. This map shows the area back in 1903 and it’s fascinating to see up close....

GoDCers Love Maps

1903 Map of National Mall’s East End

Okay, it’s been a really long time since we posted anything. Life gets busy when you have Ghost Toddler and a new Ghost Baby. But, a few extra hours after an evening when they both went...

Erol's video

Faces & Places of Yesterday

Erol’s Video Sold to Blockbuster for $40 Million

Remember Erol’s? They were the awesome local video chain where we rented Goonies, Ghostbusters (the original), or the Gremlins. It was a sad day when the local powerhouse came to an end with the Blockbuster acquisition. This...

NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade

From the Crazy Vault

NSA Allows Homosexual to Stay

When this headline hit the papers in 1980, it was a big deal. A really big deal. Being gay was something that would disqualify you from holding a security clearance. Below are excerpts from the article...

Marijuana

From the Crazy Vault

Marijuana and Alcohol Consumed by Kids in Silver Spring

This is a bizarre and disappointing article that we dug up in The Washington Post. It was printed on April 2nd, 1977. Montgomery County school officials have learned that a small group of children–six sixth-graders and a...

Proposed highway in Arlington

Lost History

Proposed Southside Freeway in Arlington

Here’s an interesting proposal for the Southside Freeway in Arlington, which never came to be. This graphic is from The Washington Post printed on October 7th, 1960. That date, by the way, is when the famous Kennedy/Nixon...