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

Shark Attacks in the Potomac in 1911?
In the early 20th century there was a somewhat corroborated rumor of shark attacks in the Potomac River. Read the unbelievable story.
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1916 Convention of Former Slaves in Washington
In 1916, a convention of former slaves were invited to Washington, DC. President Woodrow Wilson was invited to speak, but did not attend.
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Metro Trains Were Almost Bright Red!
Washington Metro cars were almost bright red. Early mockups had the trains looking tomato red.
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San Diego Padres Move to Washington for 1974 Season
Can you believe the San Diego Padres almost moved to DC? In fact, it was approved, and ready to go. And then, it didn't happen. Read on to learn why.
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Babe Ruth Runs Into Wall; Knocked Unconscious
I can guarantee you will never see a player do this today. Babe Ruth was knocked unconscious for five whole minutes and stayed in the game, going 3 for 3 ... AND played the second game of a double header. A player gets pulled today for a hangnail.
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Where Was Murder Bay in Washington, DC?
If you’re the kind of person that thinks walking home from Wonderland is sketchy, needs bars on your windows in Eckington or believes Petworth is a “fringe” neighborhood, you wouldn’t stand a chance in Murder Bay.
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The Momentous December 10th, 1913 Demonstration That Led to Prohibition
On December 10th, 1913, over 4,000 Temperance and Prohibition supporters marched in Washington DC in a demonstration of this size never seen before. This first grassroots attempt to persuade legislators failed, but by the end of the decade the movement had succeeded. The Eighteenth Amendment was ratified on January 16th, 1919.
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Senior Prom at the White House
Susan’s final years of high school lined up perfectly with her father’s rise to the Oval Office. Partly for security, but more likely for the awesome factor, she hosted the senior prom at her house … the White House.
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President Lincoln Photo From February 1865 - Compare the Original Photo and Colorized Version
Check out this famous photo of President Lincoln from February 1865, and compare it to the colorized version. Amazing and spooky! #Lincoln #History #GhostsofDC
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If You're a D.C. History Nerd, You'll Find This Fascinating: A Look at the Capitol in 1814
Are you a D.C. history nerd? Check out this fascinating production from UMBC's Imaging Research Center that takes a look at what the Capitol looked like in 1814. The voiceover is a little dry, but follow along and watch the whole thing. It's very interesting!
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