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Cool old historical maps of Washington, D.C.

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....

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. But, a few extra hours after an evening when they both went...
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 adding fresh content to the website. Either way, check out this great...
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...
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...

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 Congress

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 incredible details. Source: Library of Congress
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. Make sure you click on this for a larger, detailed version. Source: Library of...
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 of the young birthday child (and GoDCers) have a great home with the...
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 named LeDroit Park. Source: Library of Congress

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
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