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Cool old historical maps of Washington, D.C.

Great 1922 Aerial Mosaic of Washington, D.C.

This great photo of Washington was taken from the air in 1922. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Library of Congress

1885 Map of Washington Sewers and Water Mains

These are probably not maps you initially would find interesting, but click on them for greater details. They're fascinating. Source: Library of Congress Source: Library of...

1911 Map of D.C. Streets and Highways

This old map shows the highways in and around Washington in 1911. Source: Library of Congress

Amazing Aerial Mosaic of D.C. From 1918

What a cool old image of D.C. as seen from the air in 1918. Click on it for a larger version to see some...
Street railways of the District of Columbia with proposed extensions : to accompany communication of March 20, 1912.

Streetcar System Map and Proposed Extensions in 1912

This is a map of the Washington streetcar system from 1912, definitely something that our friends at Greater Greater Washington will love....
1909 map of the Palisades

Great 1909 Map of the Palisades

Mrs. Ghost, Ghost Baby, and I spent a nice Saturday afternoon celebrating a birthday at a lovely home in the Palisades. The two parents...
Plat of the tracts of land called "Mill Seat," "Philadelphia," and "Frogland," from the original patents as located in Georgetown D.C. / B.D. Carpenter, surveyor.

Know These Georgetown Neighborhoods? Frogland, Philadelphia, and Mill Seat

Do you know any of these old Georgetown neighborhoods? Here is an old map of Georgetown from 1885. Source: Library of Congress
Plan of LeDroit Park in 1880

Rare 1880 Plan of LeDroit Park

Check out this great old plan for LeDroit Park from back in 1880. Also, make sure you read up on why it's...

1904 Map of Entire Washington, D.C. Area

This map is amazing with the amount of details. Click on it to zoom in. It's from 1904. Source: Library of Congress
Bird's-eye view of Washington

What Did D.C. Look Like in 1872?

Here's a cool bird's-eye view of the Capitol and the rest of Washington from 1872. Source: Library of Congress

Detailed Civil War Map of Northern Virginia

Now this is an incredible, detailed map of Virginia outside of Washington. Click on it for a much larger version. Source: Library of Congress
1861 Civil War map of Virginia

Civil War Reconnaissance Map of Arlington

Here is an old Civil War map of Arlington. This map was for reconnaissance, done by Benjamin Church. The orientation is a little different...
1835 map of Washington

1835 Map of Washington, D.C.

Here is an old map of Washington before the retrocession of the western portion back to Virginia. This was when the territory had three...

18th Century Map of What Would Become Arlington

How cool is this old map of Arlington? It shows Arlington County as it looked in the 18th century. By the way, do you...
1906 map showing the original boundary milestones of the District of Columbia

1906 Map of All D.C. Boundary Stones

Working under commissioners that President Washington had appointed in 1790 in accordance with the Residence Act, Major Andrew Ellicott led a team that placed these markers in 1791 and 1792.
The Real Estate Directory of the City of Washington, D.C., Suburbs of Washington City, Serial Number 50 is a series of maps of recorded subdivisions beyond the city limits published by Faehtz & Pratt in 1874. Maps show streets, lot numbers and dimensions, property lines, and some building footprints. Landowners and estate names are included for large parcels. Outside of Georgetown, subdivision maps showing only property lines indicate that they were undeveloped at that time.

1874 Map of Suburban Mt. Pleasant

This is a great old map, about a decade earlier than this one of Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant. Click on it for a...
1909 map of Friendship Heights

1909 Map of Friendship Heights

This is a cool old 1909 map of the area around Friendship Heights and Chevy Chase. Thanks to GoDCer Claire for pointing out that...

1874 Map of Georgetown’s Old Street Names

Check out this terrific 1874 map of Georgetown with the old street names. Source: Dig DC

Awesome 1887 Map of Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights

This is an incredible old map from 1887 showing today's Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights. You have to click on this for greater details. You'll...
1907 map

1907 Map of Area Around Cathedral

Here's a really great old map of the area surrounding the National Cathedral. Check out how the land was owned by the Protestant Episcopal...

1921 Map of Atlas District (Not Trinidad)

This is a map of the neighborhood that old Officer Sprinkle used to live near back in the day. This request came from GoDCer...