Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

map of Alexandria County in 1879

1879 Map of Alexandria County

The treasure trove of maps held by the Library of Congress gave us this awesome map of Alexandria County (i.e., Arlington County today) from 1879. GoDCer Tim is going to love this.

Dupont Circle Building at 1346 Connecticut Ave. NW

A 1930s Aerial View of Dupont Circle Building

You recognize this building. Yep, the one with CVS and Krispy Kreme. This is a view of it from the air in the 1930s.

Dupont Circle in 1904

Photograph of Dupont Circle in 1904

Terrific old photograph of Dupont Circle in 1904.

January 28th, 1906 - Washington Times

Electricity: The Most Modern Light and Power

What an awesome advertisement in the Washington Times. This is from Sunday, January 28th, 1906.

Plan of part of the city of Washington : on which is shewn the squares, lots, &c., divided between William Prout Esq'r and the Commissioners of the Federal Buildings, agreeably to the deed of trust / laid down from a scale of 200 feet pr. inch by N. King, 1800.

1800 Plan of Washington and Capitol Hill Lots

This map is a little difficult to see, but it’s a great old plan of Washington on Capitol Hill. The streets are laid out and the lots and marked. (To orient yourself, up on the map...

1890 B&O Railroad Map

1890 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Real Estate Map

Another great one for GoDCers who love maps. This is an 1890 map of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad route from Washington to Rockville.

Arlington House in 1900

Stunning Colorized Photograph of Arlington House in 1900

I recently had a devoted GoDCer bring up the fact that Arlington was rarely represented on the blog. Well, it hasn’t been part of the District since 1846, but we have written about it in the...

Camp, Fort Totten

Another Amazing Photo of Fort Totten

Here is another great photograph of Fort Totten. This one appears to be from around World War I.

Love These! Rural Maps of Washington in 1879

Did I get too excited with that title? These are so cool. It’s hard to believe that much of the District was rural at any point, but checking out this map, you can see that much...

Amazing Civil War Photos of Fort Totten

With the massive popularity of our panorama shots from last week, we wanted to add another great series of shot for GoDCers this week. Take a look at these photographs from the Civil War.    

President Ford and Dick Cheney on Air Force One

Gerald Ford, Dick Cheney and Air Force One

We don’t post a lot of photos like this, but this one was really interesting. This is Gerald Ford and a young Dick Cheney, sitting on Air Force One back in September 1976.

Wounded servicemen arriving from Vietnam at Andrews Air Force Base

Soldier Wounded in Vietnam, Arrives at Andrews

This is a powerful photograph from March 8th, 1968. After our Andrews AFB post this morning, we did a little digging for some photographs. This one shows a wounded serviceman is being carried off a military...

1907 map of Rock Creek Park

1907 Map of Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park

Look how many large tracts of land there were in Rock Creek Park, back in the early 20th century. The map is oriented looking west.

young women exercising with dumbbells at Western High School

Female Students Exercising in the Gym (1899)

What a fascinating series of photographs. These were taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston around 1899 and we dug this up at the Library of Congress. It shows a group of young women exercising in the Western...

Why Is It Named Joint Base Andrews?

Do you know why it’s named Andrews Air Force Base? Who was Andrews? If you know, before reading this, you are an all-star GoDCer. The base’s military history dates back to the Civil War, when Union...

Dupont Circle looking east

View of Dupont Circle from Blaine Mansion

This photograph appears to be taken from Blaine Mansion sometime during the 1920s, looking east over Dupont Circle. You can see the Cairo Building in the background.

1915 map of the area around Congressional Cemetery

1915 Map of Area Around Congressional Cemetery

This is an area we have sadly neglected, and it has some tremendous history. If you have never visited Congressional Cemetery, you need to. At least visit their website.

1941 map of Washington, D.C.

1941 Development Map of Washington

Here is a more recent map of Washington from just before World War II.