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Cool old historical maps of Washington, D.C.

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...
Camp Leach 1918

Camp Leach: When Chemical Weapons Were Made at American University

Many don’t know that the U.S. military began its chemical weapons program on the grounds of today’s American University in upper northwest D.C. Nearly 100,000 employees worked at Camp Leach during World War I. Looking at...

Map of Everywhere George Washington Traveled

This is one of the more fascinating maps we have come across. It shows every single location George Washington visited during his life, all up and down the east coast. From Savannah in the south to...

1847 Map of Washington

An incredible map of Washington well before the Civil War. Lovely details for you to study.

1892 Map of Smallpox, Cholera, and Measles Deaths

What is a zympotic disease? This is a map of deaths due to this disease in 1892. Find out what that means.

1888 Map of Lung Disease Death

What a sad map of the District. This shows the deaths in Washington from lung disease in 1888.

Where is Massachusetts Avenue Park?

Mass Ave. Heights and lesser-known Mass Ave. Park were developments in the early 20th century full of lovely homes near the edge of Rock Creek Park and Observatory Circle. Mass Ave. Park became the currently known...

1951 USGS Map of Washington

We came across a great archive of maps thanks to the U.S. Geological Survey. This one shows much of Washington and some of suburban Maryland in 1951.

1890s Map of Diarrhea Deaths in Washington

This is one of the more bizarre maps that we’ve uncovered. It certainly demonstrates how different the times were with such a high incidence of death due to diarrhea in the 19th century. Sanitation wasn’t exactly...

Adams Morgan Map From 1888

Adams Morgan didn’t exist in 1888. Back then it was called Washington Heights as many of the other uptown destinations began their lives similarly: Cleveland Heights, Friendship Heights, Massachusetts Avenue Heights. If you’re curious to know...

Where Can You Have an Embassy in Washington, D.C.?

You can't build an embassy anywhere in D.C. Check out this map from 1987 showing where it's okay to have your diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C.
1919 map of Petworth

Maps of Petworth Development from 1903 to 1919

We love sharing these old maps of Washington. This time, we’re going to share a series of maps of Petworth to show the neighborhood development over several decades. If you live in or near Petworth, you’re...
1898 Washington, DC

Lovely 1898 Map of Washington

This terrific old map of Washington by Rand McNally is from 1898. Source: Library of Congress
Cleveland Heights - 1889

1889 Cleveland Park Real Estate Ad

At the time, Grover Cleveland lived north of the city in a lovely old estate called Oak Hill. Eventually, the neighborhood that grew up around his home was named for him: "Cleveland Park".
1903 map of area around today's World Bank

The Area Around the World Bank in 1903

Thanks for the great opportunity to speak at the World Bank today. I gave the room a sneak peek at this map today and am posting it for all others now. Check it out below. Source:...
1919 proposal to extend Vermont Ave.

Map of Proposed Vermont Ave. Extension From Florida to Georgia

Check this out. Here’s a map of something that didn’t happen. Howard University proposed extending Vermont Ave. from Florida Ave. to Georgia Ave. back in 1919. Source: Library of Congress Here’s that same intersection today on...
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

Tennallytown in 1903

What … did I spell this incorrectly? Nope, but you should checkout this post about the history of the neighborhood’s name. This map shows the area back in 1903 and it’s fascinating to see up close....
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