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

Maine Ave. SW 1865

Incredible 1865 Photo of the Capitol

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 roads of Maine Ave, SW. There are buildings in the foreground with the Capitol Building just...
Washington, D.C., circa 1934. "Washington Monument. Capstone without lightning rods." 8x10 nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak.

Amazing Photo of Washington Monument Apex

Washington, D.C., circa 1934. "Washington Monument. Capstone without lightning rods." 8x10 nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak.
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 in Arlington?

Learn about Glebe Road. It dates back to the 1700s 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. We’re just waiting on the call for our appearance in season three. Beau Willimon and team,...

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 then share it with your friends on Facebook. Source: Library of Congress The map reads: This subdivision is...
President Reagan signing National Minimum Drinking Age Act into law

History of the Drinking Age in Washington, D.C.

When did DC raise the drinking age to 21? The story goes back to 1984 with Ronald Reagan, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, and highways.
Dulles Airport in 1962

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.
Francis Scott Key Bridge

Drunk Guy Falls Off Key Bridge Railing

This is something that would bring everything to halt on Key Bridge, and probably all of Rosslyn and Georgetown. Twitter would be blowing up and there would be tons of Instagram photos. Below is an amusing article that I dug...

Colorized Photo of Lewis Powell, Lincoln Conspirator

Wow, what else can I say about this one. Thanks to the abundance of random stuff on Reddit, I stumbled across this the other day. How amazing is it? This almost looks like it was taken yesterday with these vivid...