Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

Amazing Civil War Bird’s Eye View of Alexandria

I love this. You’ll love this too, I’m sure. It’s a bird’s eye view of Alexandria from the water in 1863. Thank you Library of Congress!

John Thompson - Class of 1960

Hoover, Thompson, Leftwich and Malloy

More than 50 years later, the names still evoke magical and majestic memories for long-time DC basketball fans. The Archbishop John Carroll Lions of the late 1950’s arguably still reign as this city’s best-ever high school...

a non-exploded manhole cover

Pennsylvania Avenue Sewer Explodes; Heard Miles Around

This is a crazy story. I actually remember something similar happening in Georgetown maybe a decade or so ago. Anyone lese recall that? The article below is from the Washington Post on August 31st, 1889. A...

Cairo Flats circa 1890

Cairo Building in the 1890s

Another awesome old photograph from the Library of Congress. This is the Cairo Building in the 1890s.

November 1942. Washington, D.C. "Southwest section. Two Negro boys." Large format negative by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information.

Amazing Photo of Two Boys in Southwest (1942)

Amazing photograph here of two young boys in Southwest during World War II, before the quadrant was pretty much obliterated and rebuilt in the ugly, brutalist style that stands today. What a shame.

Perspective sketch - Washington Manual Training High School, Henry Ives Cobb, Architect (1895-1898)

Washington Manual Training High School in 1895

Below is a great drawing of the Washington Manual Training High School around 1895. Today, this building is the Asbury Dwellings apartment building. Here is the Google Street View of the same corner today. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?gl=us&ie=UTF8&ll=38.912274,-77.021863&spn=0.011804,0.022638&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=38.912342,-77.022084&panoid=u1nkd6en4ypw5O3Xvq_V_A&cbp=12,117.04,,0,-7.51&source=embed&output=svembed]

July 1942. Washington, D.C. "Municipal swimming pool on Sunday." Remember: Sitting confined to sign. Photo by Marjory Collins for the OWI.

No Running By The Pool (1942)

Some things never change. The pool rules are certainly no exception.  

Truck Company Number Four, Firehouse, 219 M Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

Then and Now: M Street Firehouse

We dug up this undated photo at the Library of Congress. It appears to be from the late 1930s or early 1940s. The good news, is that the firehouse is still there. Check out the Google Street View...

The Bayou - June 1990

The Bayou’s Lineup for June 1990

This is an awesome blast from the past. Remember the Bayou at K St. and Wisconsin? Check out this lineup of acts from the summer of 1990. For Phishheads, check out Thursday, June 7th, 1990.

horse buggy

A GoDCer Shares Awesome Old Photos of Her Grandparents

I received a great email the other day from GoDCer Patricia, a woman with some great historical ties to Washington. Below is what she sent. Some great transportation photos from the past. These are pictures of...

Fort Pennsylvania and encampment at Tennallytown near Washington, D.C. / drawn for Mr. George Baker by W.E. Cushing, Providence, R.I., 1862.

Fort Pennsylvania at Tennallytown in 1862

Below is a great Civil War drawing from 1862. It shows Fort Pennsylvania at Tennallytown, one of the many forts ringing Washington during the Civil War.

views of Washington from American University

A 1914 Bucolic View of Washington from American University

Times sure were different when these photographs were taken in 1914. These are views of Washington from American University near Tenleytown.

1909 Walter Johnson Baseball Card

Ghosts of DC is getting pumped for Washington Nationals 2013 baseball! In preparation for this year, here is the patron saint of Washington, D.C. baseball, the Big Train … Walter Johnson.

When Did Tennallytown Become Tenleytown?

Most GoDCers know that Wisconsin Avenue used to be called High Street in Georgetown and further up was known as Tennallytown Road. The history of naming decisions is always interesting, but sometimes the naming decisions not...

1903 map of Eastern Market

1903 Map of Eastern Market

Here’s a great 1903 map of Eastern Market, as requested by GoDCer Orestes. Hope you enjoy it! And below is the Google Map of the area today. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=38.884018,-76.995288&spn=0.005721,0.011362&t=m&z=17&output=embed]

Led Zeppelin

Twenty Arrested at Led Zeppelin Concert

Oh, to have grown up as a teenager in the 1970s, with bands like Zeppelin touring the country. If you were one of those lucky teenagers on Monday, February 10th, 1975, you were probably at the...

Washington Times - March 1st, 1913

March 1st, 1913: Titanic Hero Honored at White House

One hundred years ago today, exactly at 2:15 p.m. (when we published this post), Captain A.H. Rostron was awarded a Congressional Medal in the  East Room of the White House. President Taft (in the final days...

Christian Heurich home brew beer

Christian Heurich: Home Brew Beer

Who doesn’t love beer. It’s Friday! This is an advertisement from the Washington Herald on Saturday, February 7th, 1914.