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Cool old historical maps of Washington, D.C.

Map of Everywhere George Washington Traveled

Map of all locations visited by George Washington, done for his 200th birthday in 1932.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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...
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...
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...

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...

1903 Map of National Mall’s East End

Okay, it's been a really long time since we posted anything. Life gets busy when you have Ghost Toddler and a new Ghost Baby....
1913 map of Chevy Chase, DC

Amazing 1913 Map of Chevy Chase

It's been a long time since we posted anything online. Sorry about that, but having two little kids makes it extremely difficult to keep...
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...
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...

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...