Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

view of Washington from the east

Incredible Aerial Views of D.C. From Anacostia

Here is a great series of photographs, showing Washington in the 1960s, as viewed from the east.

street scene at 11th and F St. in 1910s

Amazing Street Scene at 11th and F in the 1910s

You’ll probably waste about 15 minutes of your day studying this photograph. It shows the intersection of 11th and F St. NW in the 1910s.

Providence Hospital in the early 1900s (Library of Congress)

Lost History: Providence Hospital and the Story Behind Providence Park

The hospital still exists, but it’s no longer in the original location. Providence Hospital once stood between 2nd and 3rd St. and D and E St. Southeast. The block is now Providence Park, which is an...

streetcars on New York Ave. (Library of Congress)

Streetcars at 15th and New York Avenue

We love these old photos. This one shows streetcars waiting at 15th and New York Ave. NW, near the White House and Department of Treasury.

Walter & Hazel Johnson in 1924 (Library of Congress)

Walter Johnson Was a Suffragist

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage parade in Washington. Give the historical importance of that, and the fact that today is Opening Day, here’s an apro pos article for us to share...

Why Is It Named K Street?

Do you know why it’s called K Street? You may not know the history of K St., but we dug up some interesting archival footage of K St. from well over a hundred years ago. The answer...

Opening Day 1913 … Play Ball!

First pitch for 2013 is only a few hours from now … Seriously, I am so pumped for baseball. The sting of our last game has now subsided, and I’m ready to watch our team put...

waiter at Herzog's

Lost History: Herzog’s Famous Sea Food Restaurant

This is another shameful loss for Washington. The waterfront in SW used to be teeming with activity. (The fish market is really cool if you haven’t been.) The District is trying to reinvest and bring it...

Redwood Treehouse

GoDC is Killing My Productivity!

I’ve been receiving an increasing number of emails from GoDCers in the past few weeks, so thanks for reaching out! And, sorry to those expecting a speedy reply. It’s getting a little challenging to keep up...

Marjorie Morris Sinclair interview

A GoDCer Finds the “Whoopee” Party Girl!

I love when this stuff happens. GoDCer Steve did a little Googling and came up with this amazing piece of Internet gold. Remember Marjorie Morris? The intrepid young Washingtonian, noted for her adventures in Chevy Chase? We wrote...

Hanging at Ft. Granger of William O Williams and Gip Peters Harper’s Weekly July 4 1863

Secesh Spies in a Union Tour

This guest post was written by Canden Schwantes and is an excerpt from her book Wicked Georgetown: Scoundrels, Sinners and Spies. William Orton Williams and Walter Gibson “Gip” Peter were cousins and as part of the...

Uline Arena

Ghosts of Hockey, Basketball and Rock ‘n’ Roll

This is a cross post by Douglas Barclay, originally posted here. One of the major joys of going to school in Washington DC is the cities unrelenting exposure to history, both large and small. I am...

what is this?

Hey GoDCers, Please Help … Where Is This?

Any idea what this is and where it is (or was)? GoDCer Christina sent this along yesterday and wants everyone’s help in identifying it. So, put your thoughts in the comments below.

Washington circa 1900. "Stewart's Castle, Dupont Circle." The William Morris Stewart house on Massachusetts Avenue, designed by Adolph Cluss, shortly before it was demolished. National Photo glass negative.

Lost History: Stewart’s Castle on Dupont Circle

This is one of the many tragic losses of Washington’s architectural history … Stewart’s Castle. The former home of Nevada Senator William M. Stewart, it was designed by noted architect Adolph Cluss in 1873. It also...

Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administering the oath of office to Rutherford B. Hayes on a flag-draped inaugural stand on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol

Inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877

Not exactly the most revered or most remembered president, poor Rutherford B. Hayes was zinged by our current president. We’d like to shine a little light on poor Rutherford, even if he didn’t think the telephone...

oysters are yummy with beer

Beer or Whisky to Help Digest Oysters?

Here’s an interesting article we dug up from the Washington Post. This was published on April 4th, 1892. An interesting experiment was made the other day by a Washington physician to determine the relative effect of...

National Bohemian advertisement from 1955

It’s Not Who Won or Lost the Game…It’s How You Sold the Beer

With DC Beer Festival taking over Nationals’ Park last weekend (March 23-24), it provides a timely reminder of how closely intertwined baseball and beer are with one another. Back in the 1940’s and 1950’s, a New...

February 1913. "Woman suffrage -- hikers arriving in Washington from New York." Today marks the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Over the next few days we'll post some more suffrage photos. Harris & Ewing glass negative.

Pennsylvania Avenue in February 1913

I’m a little late to the game on this, but I had been meaning to share this after I saw it posted on Twitter by Michael Beschloss. The best part is zooming in on the photo....