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1830 Georgetown Map

Here’s a cool old map of Georgetown from 1830. You’ll notice the street names have since changed. Wisconsin Ave. was High St., M St. was Bridge St., and you’ll notice east-west numbered streets. Source: Library of...
1917. Arlington, Virginia. "Fort Myer officer training camp mess." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Our Best Posts From 2012

It’s hard to believe, but Ghosts of DC was born over seven years ago. We first started posting on January 4th, 2012 with a piece about Nick Altrock, former Washington Senators baseball player and Columbia Heights...

Early 1900s Wisconsin Ave. Real Estate

You could hand your own piece of Wisconsin Avenue real estate for only $50 down back in 1908. Not a bad deal!
Parking map of the congested area of Washington, D.C. (1922)

1922 Congested Parking Map of D.C.

This is a cool old map of D.C. showing where you could and could not park in 1922. Click on it to zoom in on the details. Source: Library of Congress
Walter Johnson and his son Eddie in 1938

Walter Johnson Hosts Event for Hunting Dogs on His Germantown Farm

We found an interesting article about one of our Washington heros, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Walter Johnson. We’ve written quite a number of pieces about his baseball exploits over the years, as well as...
Heurich Brewery in 1910

Photo of Heurich Brewery in 1910

This is a great old photo of the Heurich Brewery, taken in 1910. The brewery stood on the current site of the Kennedy Center. Source: Library of Congress
Thomas Circle in 1943

Photo of Thomas Circle in 1943

This is a photo of Thomas Circle in April of 1943. Don’t forget to check out this post on how the circle looked in 1920, and this one which includes a map of the circle in...
Hickory Hill - the Kennedy estate on Chain Bridge Road

JFK Opposed Widening Chain Bridge Road

Sometimes we forget that famous people are also regular people with problems other than running a country. JFK was a young senator from Massachusetts when he lived off of Chain Bridge Road in McLean. He and...

Geronimo Participates in Roosevelt’s Inaugural Parade

Here’s a great old photo. I was unaware that Geronimo came to Washington in 1905 and participated in Teddy Roosevelt‘s inaugural parade (see some amazing photos¬†of the inauguration). Click on the image for a much larger...
Meridian Hill Park in 1976

What Did Meridian Hill Look Like in 1976?

This is a view of Meridian Hill Park, back when it was pretty rough. It was once a beautiful and amazing park, and now it’s getting back to being a great place to spend some time...