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Amazing 1890 Photo Showing Carriages in Rock Creek
Take a trip back in time with this amazing photo from 1890. It shows a group of people riding their horse and buggies through Rock Creek Park. See if you can recognize the area!
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A Glimpse Into the Past: Viewing Pennsylvania Avenue in Front of the Treasury Building
Take a step back in time and discover a glimpse into the past with this amazing photo of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the Treasury Building. Discover more at the Historical Society of D.C. website.
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A Look Back at Maryland Ave. Southwest in D.C. During the Early 1890s
Take a look back at the Maryland Ave. Southwest area in Washington D.C. during the early 1890s! This image from the D.C. Library shows a snowy street with a horse-drawn streetcar.
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Exploring Southwest D.C. in 1899 and Now: The Aftermath of the 1899 Blizzard
Explore Southwest D.C. in 1899 and now! See a photo of the aftermath of the 1899 blizzard, and the same view today. See what the area looked like after the blizzard and how it looks now.
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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.
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Exploring an 1894 Map of Tennallytown and Reno
Take a look at this fascinating 1894 map of Tennallytown (now Tenleytown) and Reno, which was done by G.M. Hopkins & Co. Click to explore the details and learn more about the area's history!
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A Look at Washington, DC in 1898 Through a Historic Rand McNally Map
Take a look back in time to 1898 with this historic Rand McNally map of Washington, DC. Get a glimpse of the city as it was over 100 years ago.
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Rare 1890s Photo of Old Executive Office Building
This extremely rare image of the State, War, and Navy Building is from the 1890s.
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Step Back in Time: Take a Look at What a D.C. Streetcar Looked Like Over 100 Years Ago
Take a trip back in time and see what a D.C. streetcar looked like well over 100 years ago. Click on the image for more details and soak up the nostalgia.
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Mapping the Second Cabinet of Grover Cleveland and His Fascinating Directory from the 53rd Congress
Discover the fascinating directory from the 53rd Congress, which features Grover Cleveland's second cabinet. We mapped their homes on Google Map. Learn more about the President's cabinet and why it's named Cleveland Park.
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Exploring the Lost History of Warwick's Saloon at 13th and Penn
Join us as we explore the lost history of Warwick's Saloon, formerly located at 13th and Penn in Washington, DC. We'll take a look at the bar, the billiard room, and the interesting story of a Secret Service raid.
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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.
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Uncovering the Fascinating History of Washington's Hackmen: Pre-dating Uber Drivers by 160 Years
A fascinating look at the history of Washington's hackmen, who provided transportation to locals and visitors alike, pre-dating Uber drivers by about 160 years. Read on for old stories about the hackmen of the city, the growth of the business and the need for regulation and licensing.
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Exploring the Lost Neighborhood of Herring Hill in Georgetown, DC
Take a journey through the lost neighborhood of Herring Hill in Georgetown, DC. Learn about its history, including an interesting story from 1895, and explore the area with a Google Map!
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A Rare Photo of the Potomac River from 1898
Take a look at this stunning photo of the Potomac River from 1898. Learn more about this rare photo from the Library of Congress and read comments from the GhostsofDC community.
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Uncovering the Opium Den Scene in Washington DC in 1894
Discover the shocking reality of opium dens in Washington DC in 1894, as uncovered by The Washington Post. Learn more about the notorious 'Gypsy Joe' and 'Matinee Charley' who frequented the dens.
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The Mysterious Wild Man of Tenleytown in 1894
Read about the mysterious wild man of Tenleytown in 1894. Descriptions of the individual were lacking, but sightings of a half-nude crazy man were happening across the area. Find out what happened when the wild man walked into the police station!
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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.
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Coldest Day Ever in Washington, DC at -15 Degrees Fahrenheit
The coldest day ever in Washington was in 1899. On February 11th, it was recorded to be -15 degrees fahrenheit.
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Exploring the History of the Iconic Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington DC
Take a look into the history of the iconic Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington DC. Learn about the home of former Secretary of State John Hay and view rare photos from 1888 and 1898.
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How Things Stay the Same: Comparing Georgetown Students from 1895 to 1937
Explore the similarities between Georgetown students from 1895 and 1937 in this blog post. See photos of the classic 1937 photo of a Georgetown student flipping the bird and a sassy lady from Eastern High School.
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Exploring Logan Circle in 1892: An Amazing Old Map of Iowa Circle
Take a journey back in time and explore Logan Circle (back then known as Iowa Circle) in 1892 with this amazing old map. Source: Dig DC
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Take a Look at this Fascinating Advertisement from The Washington Post in 1891
Discover a piece of history with this incredible old advertisement from The Washington Post in 1891. Take a look and explore a fascinating moment in time!
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Exploring Washington's Lost Neighborhoods of the Late 19th Century
Revisit the late 19th century Washington neighborhoods of Buzzard's Roost, Ryder's Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and more. Read excerpts from an 1893 article in The Washington Post detailing the poverty and squalor of these infamous areas.
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If Walls Could Talk: Super Liquor - House of Cards Edition
Like most of D.C., probably the country, we’re obsessed with House of Cards. It’s a little over the top, but sometimes that’s the beauty of it. Unfortunately, we don’t often expect movies about Washington to be largely filmed in the District or even have accurate portrayals of our fair city. But, House of Cards is one of the better shows when it comes to this. The Metro scenes...
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1895 Bird's Eye View of Brookland
Fascinating 1895 bird's-eye view of Brookland in Washington, DC.
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Exploring the Historic Southern Hotel of Washington, DC
Explore the history of the Southern Hotel, a hotel for African-Americans located on 311 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington, DC. See a photograph of the hotel from 1899 and a 1903 map of the area.
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Cursed Streetcar: The Tragic Story of Levin Ward and the Georgetown and Tennallytown Electric Railroad
Read the tragic story of Levin Ward, a 65-year-old soldier from Tennallytown struck by the Georgetown and Tennallytown Electric Railroad's Car No. 9. See his 1880 U.S. Census entry and learn why this streetcar was cursed.
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Exploring Washington's Baseball History: The Story of William J. Donovan and the Baseball House
Follow us as we explore the story of William J. Donovan and the Baseball House, a bar dedicated to the love of baseball in Washington D.C. back in the 19th century. Learn about William J. Donovan, his family, and the Baseball House puzzle he created.
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A Look Back at the Early Days of Cleveland Park
Explore the early days of Cleveland Park, formerly known as Cleveland Heights and Columbia Heights. See two maps of the area from 1892 and learn about President and Mrs. Cleveland's country seat.
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