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Ghosts of DC Started Eight Years Ago Today

Thank you for eight great years of Ghosts of DC! Nearly 3K posts, 45K followers on social media, and several million readers over the years.
Washington Post 1996 screen shot

When Did the Washington Post Launch a Website?

The Washington Post launched their first website in June 1996 after a failed attempt at online news called Digital Ink.
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...
F St. in the 1860s

Where Is This on F St. in 1865?

This wonderful old image from the 1860s shows F St. near the end of the Civil War. The details are quite incredible when you click on the photo. I’m a little confused as to where this...
Old Spanish Embassy at 1521 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Spanish Embassy on Dupont Circle in 1911

This photo of the old Spanish Embassy is from 1911, showing the building at 1521 New  Hampshire Ave. NW, just north of Dupont Circle. Click on it for better details. Source: Library of Congress Check it...
The Washington Directory - 1822

The President and Regular Folks in the 1822 Washington City Directory

Stuff like this is always great to come across. Below is the Washington Directory from 1822 by Judah Delano, which can be found here. Below is the page that’s really interesting. It shows all the regular...

This Was F Street at Night in 1955

This amazing old photo shows F St. NW, looking east from 13th St. in 1955. Pretty cool. Source: Flickr user rockcreek Here’s a similar view today on Google Street View, which is not nearly as cook....
1921 map of Bellevue Highlands

1921 Map of Bellevue Highlands, Southwest D.C.

Take a look at this old map, showing Bellevue at the bottom of the District, or I should say, what would become Bellevue. The map has the area listed as Bellevue Highlands, and surely there were...

Photos of 1940s D.C. Streetcar Life

With all the buzz about whether the H Street streetcar will happen or not, we thought it would be a great idea to share some images of what streetcar living was like back in the middle...

Coldest Day Ever in D.C. at -15 Degrees

You think that it’s cold now? Try living in D.C. back on February 11th, 1899. Thanks to GoDCer Brian, we decided to look into other times when it was freezing here, and we found quite a...
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