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

View of Aqueduct Bridge and Rosslyn from Georgetown, ca. 1900. The American Brewery is located in upper right. (Arlington Public Library)

Fire and Explosions Threaten to Destroy Rosslyn

You may not know this, but many years ago, in 1925, Rosslyn was nearly destroyed by a major fire. We came across a crazy article detailing the horrors and action-movie like sequences of the...
soldiers rolling through Washington on trucks

World War I Soldier Ogling Woman

Here’s our next photo for “Pictures Tell a Story.” It’s a great old shot from 1918 of World War I soldiers motoring through the city on trucks. Source: Library of Congress So, to start,...

Photos of The Beatles in Washington, D.C.

We wrote some posts about The Beatles a long time ago, like this one about their first concert and this one about them playing D.C. Stadium. It’s been a really long time since we...

Map of Original Land Owners in Washington City

The map was done in 1874 and represents Washington as it would have looked before 1792.

Really Old Pre-Civil War Photo of Washington

Now this is a really super old photo of Washington from around 1857. Click on it for a much larger version to study it. I believe this is a view looking southeast, and the...

1891 Map of Street Sweeping

Now this is interesting. It’s a map from 1891 that shows the street sweeping schedule. Source: Library of Congress
freshman members of Congress 1947

Photo of Boyish Kennedy and Nixon

Whoa, this is cool. If you haven’t seen this before, it’s a photo from 1947 when both Kennedy and Nixon were member of the House of Representatives. Kennedy looks like he’s 18 and Nixon...
1916 bird's eye view of Washington

Cool 1916 Bird’s-Eye View of Washington

We can’t remember if we posted this already, but it doesn’t matter … because it’s sweet. This is a bird’s-eye view of Washington, looking toward the northeast.
Nov 1982 | Crews work to complete the building of the tunnel near Forest Glen Station.

Vintage Washington Metro Construction Photos

How cool are these? We stumbled across them on Metro’s Facebook page. Tunnel near Forest Glen Forest Glen construction Silver Spring station construction Gallery Place-Chinatown 1974 Gallery Place-Chinatown construction Archives construction 1975 Take a...