Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

1909 Baist map of Capitol Hill

Cool 1909 Map of Capitol Building and Southeast

We love these old Baist maps. Source: Library of Congress

The Connecticut Inn Motel

The Connecticut Inn Motel

Here’s a cool old postcard we dug up on Flickr. It shows the old Connecticut Inn Motel at 4400 Connecticut Ave. NW in 1973. The building is still there, but upgraded a little bit. Source: Flickr...

1933 World Series program

1933 Giants vs. Senators World Series Program

What a cool find. Thanks to GoDCer Ben and Twitter user @ToddRadom. Source: @ToddRadom

82 streetcar line

Excellent 1950s Video of 82 Streetcar Line

This is some really cool old footage. It shows the 82 streetcar line running from Eckington, heading through northeast, up to Mount Rainier, Hyattsville, Riverdale Park, and College Park. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpFCFILDOxs It’s really long, but well worth...

not a photo of the last farm in D.C.

Last Farm in the District is Doomed

I’ve been trying to dig up this information for a really long time. Thanks to some minor prodding in an email from GoDCer Hugh, I decided to give in one more shot. And, I finally found...

I'm not this old

Ghosts of DC is Going Offline

Don’t worry! It’s just for this week … phew. Mr. Ghost needs a little breather this week to celebrate his own birthday. After 1,195 posts, I’m tired as I get a year older and will take...

reward for stolen sailboat

$10 Reward for Stolen Sailboat

Here’s an ad in the paper that you’re not terribly likely to see today. It was printed in the Daily Evening Star on July 5th, 1854. Source: Library of Congress I couldn’t find anything about the...

219 North Saint Asaph St.

For Sale: 219 North Saint Asaph St. in 1900

Source: Library of Congress Interestingly, we came across this ad for a home being sold on January 2nd, 1900. The home at 219 North Saint Asaph Street in Alexandria also happens to just have gone under...

3926-3928 Morrison St. NW

3926-3928 Morrison Street NW in 1919

Photos like this are great. Look at the old homes on Morrison Street back then and check out the Google Street View today. Also, check out how the streets used to be dirt roads. Source: Library...

train advertisement - December 17th, 1877

Steamship From Georgetown to Philadelphia and Points North

Back in the 1870s, you could take a steamship from Georgetown all the way to Philadelphia, or even up to Boston. Below is an advertisement for Clyde’s New Express Line (not related to Clyde’s the restaurant...

Message of President John Adams nominating George Washington to be Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of the Armies raised or to be raised in the United States

Letter From President Adams Nominating George Washington

Check this out. What a fascinating old letter we found in the National Archives. This was penned by President John Adams on July 2nd, 1798, nominating George Washington of Mount Vernon to Lieutenant General and Commander...

Cuban embassy

Great Photo of the Cuban Embassy

Here is a terrific old photograph of the Cuban Embassy on 16th St. Source: Library of Congress

Southwest Washington, D.C. With South End Of L'Enfant Plaza In Foreground, April 1973

L’Enfant Plaza From the Air in 1973

L’Enfant Plaza has to be one of the most bleak places in D.C. It’ such a shame that an entire quadrant of the city was basically bulldozed to make way for the crappy urban renewal of...

advertisement for bricklayers in 1853

Help Wanted: Bricklayers for the Capitol Extension (1853)

This is so cool. Montgomery C. Meigs placed an advertisement in the Daily Evening Star on August 1st, 1853, exactly 160 years ago today. Meigs was seeking skilled bricklayers to help in the expansion of the...

Vice President John N. Garner and others in automobile

The Vice President and Too Many Dudes in One Car

This is a super awkward situation. How many guys are in this car? This is a photograph of Vice President John Nance Garner, one of FDR’s three VPs, crammed in a car with a lot of...

Basement below east terraces. 3 June 1991. - Lincoln Memorial, West Potomac Park, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

Did You Know: The Lincoln Memorial Has a Basement

We were unaware. This is pretty cool, and it would be so cool to check it out. Have any GoDCers been lucky enough to visit the basement of the Lincoln Memorial? Source: Library of Congress Source:...

1894 map of D.C.

1894 Map of Washington and Surroundings

Here’s a good find from the National Archives. It’s a map of the D.C. area in 1894. Also, you’ll notice the Ulysses Grant Memorial Bridge, which was never built. Source: U.S. National Archives

Harpers Ferry in July 1865

Harpers Ferry and the Potomac River in 1865

This is really stretching it to be included as a GoDC post, but seeing as Harpers Ferry is quite close, and is a reasonable day trip from D.C., we’re going to include this photo. Plus, it’s...