Tag: 1870s

Amazing 1870s Railroad Photos of Washington

These 1870s photos are incredible, showing the District just following the Civil War. Click on them for more details.

1879 Smithsonian Construction

This great old photo shows the Arts and Industries Building on the Mall under construction in 1879. The...

1877 Map of Georgetown

This is a great old map of Georgetown. Click on it for greater details. 1877 map of Georgetown
1876. Photographer: W.W. Core, Washington, D.C. Frederick Douglass is standing on the front lawn of his home on A Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. Other family members are standing out on the front porch on both side of the houses.

Rare Photo of Frederick Douglass in Front of His Home

This amazing find was dug up courtesy of the National Park Service. You're look at a grainy image of Frederick Douglass standing in front...
1877 view of the Washington Monument under construction as seen from the Tower of the Smithsonian (now the Smithsonian Castle)

Best Photo of Unfinished Washington Monument in 1877

Many of you know that the Washington Monument sat unfinished for decades, an eye-sore of a stump on what would become the National Mall....
Architectural drawing for alterations to the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. West elevation Summary

1877 Drawing of Proposed Capitol Modifications

Fascinating drawing of the U.S. Capitol from the 1870s showing proposed modifications to the building. This is the west elevation of the...

Why Is It Named LeDroit Park?

Well, you might not know this, but there really was a Mr. LeDroit ... sort of. LeDroit Park was...
Bird's-eye view of Washington

What Did D.C. Look Like in 1872?

Here's a cool bird's-eye view of the Capitol and the rest of Washington from 1872. Source: Library of Congress
The Real Estate Directory of the City of Washington, D.C., Suburbs of Washington City, Serial Number 50 is a series of maps of recorded subdivisions beyond the city limits published by Faehtz & Pratt in 1874. Maps show streets, lot numbers and dimensions, property lines, and some building footprints. Landowners and estate names are included for large parcels. Outside of Georgetown, subdivision maps showing only property lines indicate that they were undeveloped at that time.

1874 Map of Suburban Mt. Pleasant

This is a great old map, about a decade earlier than this one of Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant. Click on it for a...

1874 Map of Georgetown’s Old Street Names

Check out this terrific 1874 map of Georgetown with the old street names. Source: Dig DC
Plat of Curtis & Burdett's subdivision of Carlin Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia : 260 ft. above sea level

Carlin Springs Subdivision Map from 1887 and 1890

Here is a map of the Carlin Springs subdivision in Alexandria, now Arlington County. Source: Library of Congress The above map shows the area south of...
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.

Proposed 1873 Design for Library of Congress

This is what the Library of Congress could have looked like if Leon Beaver's design from 1873 was selected. Here's a second rendering of the...
Swampoodle Houses

Irish Thief and Family Arrested in Swampoodle for Assaulting Officers

This is a colorful story for the lost neighborhood of Swampoodle. We came across the article in The Washington Post, printed on October 20th, 1879. Morris...
1873 Inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant

1873 View of Ulysses Grant’s Second Inauguration

Here's an old print from 1873, showing Ulysses Grant's second inauguration, looking down Pennsylvania Ave. Source: Library of Congress

Beautiful 1879 Panorama of Washington

What a cool series of old photos from 1879. We've published so many posts that we can't remember if these went up before, but...
map around the National Mall

1872 Street Paving Map of Washington

You think the roads are bad today, with all the potholes? I assure you, they were worse in the 1870s. Here's a really cool...
Proposed design for the completion of the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

Unbuilt Proposed Design for Washington Monument (1877)

Check out this cool proposed design to finish the Washington Monument. Construction didn't restart on the unfinished monument until 1879 after Congress appropriated another...

Photo of Lower Georgia Avenue in 1870s

Here's a great photo that we found on Park View DC. Of course it wasn't called Georgia Avenue then, so read up on the...
Ford's Theatre

1870s Ford’s Theatre Picture Tells a Story

Here is a fantastic old photograph of Ford's Theatre that we've probably shared previously, but this time it's extremely high resolution. Thanks to GoDCer...

Last Mayor of Washington City, Matthew G. Emery

Before the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871, the District of Columbia had separate local municipalities, including Georgetown and the City of Washington...