Tag: 1870s

D.C. slums in 1935

Three Tales From Hell’s Bottom

Our neighborhoods don't have quite the colorful names of yesteryear. Much like Murder Bay, Hell's Bottom was a seriously dangerous place to...

1878 Map of Bethesda District

This is a great one. We finally dug up a few good maps of the surrounding area, outside the District line. This shows Bethesda...

History of the Telephone in D.C.

A Washington Post article from December 16th, 1928 celebrated the 50th anniversary of telephones in D.C. with a detailed history of its origins. The article mentions that there were 150,000 phones in the city, approximately one for every 3.4 people.
Emily Edson Briggs, aka "Olivia"

Official Etiquette in 1870s Washington

Last weekend, we stumbled across a great window into social life in 19th century Washington. "The Olivia Letters," written in 1906 by Emily Edson...
The Pig at 1320 14th St. NW (foodnomad.net)

If Walls Could Talk: The Pig

Congratulations to the latest "If Walls Could Talk" poll winner, The Pig. Congrats! @thepigdc with a huge late surge to 45%, you are indeed the...
Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Old house, Mass. Ave. N.E. Built by Thomas Taylor in 1876."

Old House on the Hill, Mass Ave. NE

What an incredible photograph. Click on it to examine it in detail, especially the man on the right. This is one of those haunting...
Washington Nationals in 1924 turn back the clock uniforms

The Pain of an Epic Nats Loss … in 1879

This post is a form of catharsis as I'm still recovering from the emotional trauma of Friday night. Sitting in left field (aka, Nats...
Point of Rocks railroad station

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station at Point of Rocks

This is one of the most, if not the most, beautiful railroad stations in America. You can easily be captivated and transported back to 1873...
Eastern Market after fire renovations (source: Flickr user A Culinary (Photo) Journal)

Three Stories About Eastern Market

This is one of the most popular weekend spots in the city. Who doesn't love to wander through the aisles of Eastern Market and...
William Stickney residence in the 1870s. William leading against building (source: adolf-cluss.org)

Lost History: The Stickney House at 6th and M

Why did we knock down half of the amazing buildings in Washington? It's tragic and depressing when you read through John's book...
burial at Arlington National Cemetery

Frederick Douglass Honors “The Unknown Loyal Dead” at Arlington National Cemetery

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. Arlington National Cemetery, the pre-Civil War home of Robert E. Lee, is a short Metro...
Capitol Dome and Trinity Church around 1859 (13 years before Douglass moved to DC)

Frederick Douglass, a Kleptomaniac?

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. Frederick Douglass was no born fool, simpleton, sucker, or gump. He came up from slavery, he...
Blanche Kelso Bruce, Frederick Douglass, Hiram Rhodes Revels

Charles Douglass Calls Swearing-In of Senator Hiram Revels “One of the...

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. The first black American seated as a member of the United States Senate was Hiram Rhodes...
"Tilden or Blood" by Thomas Nast in Harper's weekly - Febuary 17th 1877 (Wikipedia)

Election Day 1876: Shakespeare at the National, Real Estate Listings and...

If you're a history buff -- and a presidential history buff -- you're well aware of the 1876 U.S. Presidential election. This is not...
Murder Bay in 1855 (Smithsonian)

Murder Bay, the Rough-and-Tumble Lost Neighborhood

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.
Washington Monument under construction

The Washington Monument Under Construction

Construction of the monument began on July 4th, 1848. Progress was slow, and after ten years, construction was halted due to congressional infighting, rising...