Washington, DC history

The lost and untold history of Washington, DC.

1921 aerial view of Washington, D.C.

Do You Recognize This 1921 Aerial View of Washington?

Who recognizes parts of this view of Washington, D.C. from 1921? Click on it for a larger, more detailed version. Source: Library of Congress

Washington during the Civil War

Do You Recognize Washington During the Civil War?

Check out this cool photo of the city back in 1861. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Library of Congress

1932 parade in Washington, D.C.

1932 Parade in Washington

Here are two photos showing a parade in the District. Source: Library of Congress Source: Library of Congress

At the bar at Warwick's Cafe, 13th St., NW near Pennsylvania Ave., 1894

Lost History: Warwick’s Saloon at 13th and Pennsylvania

Let’s do a little lost history again and dig into the old saloon history of our city. We found a great photo of an old saloon called Warwick’s, formerly located at 13th and Penn. Take a...

Lincoln Memorial in 1944

Incredible 1944 Photo of Lincoln Memorial

is this one of the most impressive photos of the Lincoln Memorial? Source: Library of Congress

Meridian Hill Park in 1910s

Meridian Hill Park in 1920s

Meridian Hill Park is an amazing place to visit up 16th St. NW. Built in the 1910s, you can see some amazing photos here.

Washington, D.C. in the 1910s

Where is This in 1920s Washington?

Does anyone out there recognize where this photo was taken in 1910 the 1920s? Click on it for greater details and put you thoughts in the comments. Source: Library of Congress

Woodrow Wilson revived the tradition of the oral State of the Union address (1913)

Woodrow Wilson’s 1913 State of the Union

The last State of the Union was in 1800 by our second president, John Adams. Thomas Jefferson began the tradition of passing along the state of the union in writing to Congress, allegedly because he felt...

Capital Transit demonstration run of a Twin Coach articulated bus (a model they did not end up using), April 3, 1948. This turnaround is still used by buses today [photo by Robert S. Crockett].

Calvert Street Bus Turnaround in 1948

Check this out. It looks as it does today, minus the Toddle House in the background which is now Mama Ayesha’s. Source: Flickr user rockcreek

Photo of Metro Center in 1973

What Did Metro Center Look Like Under Construction in 1973?

Check out this great set of photos from 1973, showing construction of Metro Center underground. Also, don’t miss these other great old Metro photos showing Dupont Circle we posted a while ago. Source: Library of Congress Source: Library...

Washington Monument in 1928

Beautiful Washington Monument in 1928

This stunning old photo of the Washington Monument was taken in 1928. Click on it for even more incredible details. Source Library of Congress

Aerial view of U.S. Capitol in 1922

Aerial Views of Washington in 1922

These cool old photos shows the city back in 1922, as seen from the air. Source: Boston Public Library Source: Boston Public Library

Hall and Elvans' subdivision of Meridian Hill in 1867

Unrealized 1867 Vision for Meridian Hill

We posted a cool old property map of Columbia Heights the other day. Today, we’re showing you something that we dug up showing an alternate view of what Meridian Hill could have looked like, starting back...

View of Rosslyn over the Key Bridge in 1964

1964 View of Rosslyn Skyline

This old photo is over 50 years old, showing what Rosslyn looked like from Georgetown in 1964. Source: Library of Congress

Looking east at construction on Arlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., in the United States. Note the statue on the partially-constructed pedestal just to the right of the abutments (bottom center). The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts erected this mock-up to determine how high statues on the piers of the bridge should be.

Cool 1928 Photo of Arlington Memorial Bridge Construction

This beautiful old photo shows the construction of Memorial Bridge looking from D.C. towards Arlington National Cemetery. The photo is dated May 15th, 1928. Source: Flickr user Tim Evanson

Sherman's subdivision of Columbia Heights in 1869

Cool 1869 Property Map of Columbia Heights

This property map of Columbia Heights from 1869 shows John Sherman’s subdivision with the old street names (learn about the street names here). Make sure you click on it for more details because it’s very interesting....

Map of North Columbia Heights in 1885

This 1885 map shows what would become the northern part of Columbia Heights. At the time, it was still referred to as part of Mt. Pleasant. The arrow at left points to north. Also, some street names...

History Behind the D.C. Street Names

Apologies to all the committed GoDCers out there. We haven’t been very diligent in writing top quality content. Little Ghost Baby is a fair bit of work, so the blog has suffered, but we found a...