The Best Of

These are the best posts from Ghosts of DC, the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C.

Unbuilt Ulysses Grant Bridge Today

This is what the Ulysses Grant Bridge would look like if it actually came to be. If you read our previous post...
Columbia Heights Tivoli Theater commercial

Photos of Columbia Heights After ’68 Riots

Here is a series of amazing photos that we came across on Flickr showing the 1968 riots in D.C. We've posted some...

Never Built Three Sisters Bridge Across the Potomac

This is a story that is most likely unknown to the great majority of GoDCers. Long-time DC residents may remember the controversy...
AERIAL VIEW OF WEST/FRONT AND NORTH/SIDE FACADES, LOOKING SOUTHEAST (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): VA-1272 Ball Building, 1437 N. Court House Road. VA-1273 Jesse Building, 1423-27 N. Court House Road. VA-1276 Jesse-Hosmer Building, 1419 N. Court House Road. VA-1275 Moncure (Adams, Porter, Radigan) Building, N. 1415 Court House Road. VA-1274 Rucker Building, N. 1403 Court House Road. - Lawyers' Row Block, North Court House Road between Fourteenth & Fifteenth Streets, Arlington, Arlington County, VA

Mid-1980s Photo of Arlington

Do you recognize this part of Arlington? You're looking down down N Courthouse Rd. From the cars in the photo, I'm guessing that this...
1906 map showing the original boundary milestones of the District of Columbia

1906 Map of All D.C. Boundary Stones

Are you familiar with the District's boundary stones? Yes, those stones, which happen to be the namesake of one of my favorite bars in...
Tysons Corner 1936

Why Is It Named Tysons Corner?

Tysons Corner has a fascinating history going back to the days of William Tyson.
Maine Ave. SW 1865

View of the Capitol from Maine Street SW in 1865

This photograph was taken in April 1865, which would have been right around the time of President Lincoln's assassination. You can see the unpaved...
Washington, D.C., circa 1934. "Washington Monument. Capstone without lightning rods." 8x10 nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak.

Amazing Photo of Washington Monument Apex

How cool is this photo? It was taken by Theodor Horydczak in 1934. Click on the image for a much larger version and read the...
Ulysses S. Grant, full-length portrait, facing left, standing alongside his war horse, "Cincinnati"

Which President Got a Speeding Ticket on a Horse?

Ulysses Grant was arrested for directing by William West, an African-American metropolitan policeman. This is a great historical story.
Glebe Rd. and 13th

Why Is It Named Glebe Road?

A glebe is a piece of land set up for the benefit of the clergy. The road dates back to at least the mid-18th century and initially was known as the "Road to the Falls" taking travelers from Alexandria to Great Falls.
Ulysses S. Grant memorial lion in House of Cards opening credits

History Behind Lion Statues in House of Cards Opening Credits

Everyone is House of Cards crazy, and so are we. That's why we wrote this post on Super Liquors, shown in the opening credits....

1895 Bird’s Eye View of Brookland

How cool is this? If you live in Brookland, you're going to love it. Click on it for a larger version and...
President Reagan signing National Minimum Drinking Age Act into law

D.C. One of Last to Raise Drinking Age to 21

When for DC raise the drinking age to 21?
Dulles Airport in 1962video

Opening Dedication Ceremony of Dulles Airport in 1962

The airport was dedicated by President Kennedy and former President Eisenhower, a $110 million federal project, largely driven during the latter's administration.