1890s

What’s a Herdic Cab? What Did They Look Like?

A herdic cab is a type of horse-drawn carriage, used as an omnibus, invented by Peter Herdic of Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania in 1881.

1894 Map of Tennallytown and Reno

This map is so fascinating, showing Tennallytown (i.e., Tenleytown today) and Reno (long-since razed). It was done by G.M. Hopkins & Co. in 1894. Make sure you click on it for a larger version to examine...
1898 Washington, DC

Lovely 1898 Map of Washington

This terrific old map of Washington by Rand McNally is from 1898. Source: Library of Congress

Rare 1890s Photo of Old Executive Office Building

Better known back then as the State, War, and Navy Building… This is a lovely old image of the historic and beautiful building. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Library of Congress
1890s streetcar in DC

Highly Detailed 1890 Photo of D.C. Streetcar

You have to see the details in this image. Click on it for more to see what a D.C. streetcar looked like well over 100 years ago. Source: Library of Congress

Where Did President Grover Cleveland’s Cabinet Live?

Now this is a unique post for you. We came across a fascinating directory from the 53rd Congress (i.e., from 1893 to 1895 during Grover Cleveland’s second term in the White House). We wanted to do...
At the bar at Warwick's Cafe, 13th St., NW near Pennsylvania Ave., 1894

Lost History: Warwick’s Saloon at 13th and Pennsylvania

Let’s do a little lost history again and dig into the old saloon history of our city. We found a great photo of an old saloon called Warwick’s, formerly located at 13th and Penn. Take a...

D.C.’s Diagonal Street Names, Letters, and Numbers

Wonder what Washington DC diagonal roads are named after? Here's the history of DC's street names including states, letters, and numbers.
1860s photo of a hackman and his hackney (in London)

History of the Washington Hackmen (i.e., Carriage Driver)

Pre-dating Uber drivers by about 160 years, the hackmen of Washington used to provide transportation to locals and visitors alike. Hackmen used to rule the streets of the city, taking people wherever they wanted to go....
Washington Post - April 29th, 1895

Where Was Herring Hill in Georgetown?

We once had a neighborhood called Herring Hill? True story. It was named for the fish pulled from Rock Creek, which, I don’t think are quite as plentiful today. Herring hill was the epicenter of the...
Potomac River in 1898

Beautiful 1898 Photo of the Potomac River

This is quite a beautiful photo of the Potomac River from 1898. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to locate this photo, but if you have any thoughts, add them below in the comments. Source: Library of...
Inside of lodging house and opium den in San Francisco, 1890s (Wikipedia)

Police Raid Opium Den on 10th St. NW

This is probably a headline we wouldn’t see today. We found this in The Washington Post, printed on September 10th, 1894. A big opium joint, which had existed for three months at 425 Tenth street northwest, was...
Naked wild man

Who Was the Naked Wild Man of Tennallytown?

The newspapers during the summer of 1894 were full of bizarre stories about a wild man wandering the vicinity of Tennallytown (when was it renamed Tenleytown?). Beginning on July 22nd, sightings of a “half-nude crazy man” were happening...
Oak View - home of President Cleveland - Oct. 3, 1897

Why Is It Named Cleveland Park?

What is today Cleveland Park was an area for well-off Washingtonians to build their summer cottages. It was far enough away from swampy hot downtown and elevated to provide some breezy relief.

Coldest Day Ever in D.C. at -15 Degrees

You think that it’s cold now? Try living in D.C. back on February 11th, 1899. Thanks to GoDCer Brian, we decided to look into other times when it was freezing here, and we found quite a...
View of house at 800 16th Street NW once occupied by Secretary of State John Hay (1898-1905).

Before the Hay-Adams Hotel

This is what stood on the corner of 16th and H St. before the iconic Hay-Adams Hotel. this was the home of former Secretary of State John Hay, who was also a private secretary and assistant...
Georgetown students in 1895

Photo of Georgetown College Students in 1895

How things stay the same. Check out the faces and expressions of these young men. These guys aren’t that different from these guys about 40 years later. Source: Georgetown University I wonder if the guy at right,...
1892 map of Logan Circle

1892 Map of Logan Circle

Check out this awesome old map of Logan Circle (Iowa Circle then) in 1892. Source: Dig DC
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