Tag: 1890s

Aqueduct Bridge in 1898

Aqueduct Bridge in 1898

Avid GoDC commenter Mike, sent along this great shot of the old Aqueduct Bridge. It's a really cool photograph from 1898, and in the...
Pennsylvania (Baltimore & Potomac) Station in Washington

1890 Petition to Keep Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Depot at 6th...

There are always two sides to an issue and below is proof that a large number of Washingtonians wanted to keep the dangerous railroad...
View from the south tower of Healy Hall at Georgetown University, looking towards Washington, D.C., with the Washington monument in the distance

Great View of Washington Monument from Georgetown

This is a terrific old photograph from the south tower of Healy Hall. It's looking over the Potomac River toward the Washington Monument in...
1891 map of street lamps

1891 Map of Washington’s Street Lamps

This is an interesting and unique map ... probably not one you've seen before. It shows all the underground cables, mapped in 1891. At...
White House fence

Bizarre Suicide at the White House Fence

This is such a bizarre story, not unlike the horse that impaled itself on that same fence. This story was printed in the Baltimore Sun...
early map of Washington

Early Map of Washington and the Patawmack

That's right, the Patawmack River, not the Potomac. Check out this cool map of what would become the City of Washington. It was done...
Maps accompanying the report of the operations of the Engineer Department of the District of Columbia : for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1891 : [Washington D.C.] / compiled by Capt. W.T. Rossell, U.S. Eng'rs ; compiled by Capt. J.L. Lusk, U.S. Eng'rs.

1891 Washington Property Value Map

The last property value map we posted up was immensely popular. This is another one from 11 years later. Source: Library of Congress
1894 map of D.C.

1894 Map of Washington and Surroundings

Here's a good find from the National Archives. It's a map of the D.C. area in 1894. Also, you'll notice the Ulysses Grant Memorial...

Stranger’s Guide and Map of Washington in 1892

If you were heading to the nation's capital in 1892 (not for the World's Fair of course), a map like this would have been...
Birdseye view of the National Capital, including the site of the proposed World's Exposition of 1892 and Permanent Exposition of the Three Americas

Proposed 1892 World’s Fair That Didn’t Happen in D.C.

Source: Library of Congress The World's Fair or World's Columbian Exposition was the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World....
highway extension of 1897

Revised Highway Plan for Washington in 1897

This is so cool ... and obviously, not something that happened. We came across a fascinating article from The Evening Star, published on Saturday,...
View east on Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the Department of Treasury

Treasury Department on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1890

What a great photo. We uncovered this one at the Historical Society of D.C. website. Source: Historical Society of D.C. BTW, they have so many incredible...
view from White House over front lawn in 1897

View From Second Floor Bedroom of White House in 1897

Ever wonder what it looks like to look out over the front lawn and Lafayette Park. Well, this photo from the Library of Congress...
pepper will make you sneeze

Pepper Thief Makes Narrow Escape

This is a story about a creative, and poorly armed, burglar in Kalorama back in the 19th century. Below is an amusing article from...

Complete Biography of Officer Sprinkle

You all have been waiting a long, long time for this. So have we. Thanks to one of our GoDC fans, we have in our...
The Sidewalk Dance - Handpainted Oil Painting by John George Brown (1894)

Charming Dance Held in Brookland

Articles like this really illustrate how different and quaint life was in 19th century Washington. This is from the Washington Post, published on January...
oysters are yummy with beer

Beer or Whisky to Help Digest Oysters?

Here's an interesting article we dug up from the Washington Post. This was published on April 4th, 1892. An interesting experiment was made the other...
Major Russell Harrison and Harrison children--Baby McKee and sister on goat cart

The Harrison Grandchildren on a Goat Cart at the White House

Here is something you are highly unlikely to see today. Kids on the South Lawn, riding a goat cart. Quaint.
Policeman standing guard at entrance to White House

Standing Guard at the White House

Here's a great photo from around the turn of the century. It's of a policeman, standing guard in front of the White House, taken...
Cairo Flats circa 1890

Cairo Building in the 1890s

Another awesome old photograph from the Library of Congress. This is the Cairo Building in the 1890s.
Perspective sketch - Washington Manual Training High School, Henry Ives Cobb, Architect (1895-1898)

Washington Manual Training High School in 1895

Below is a great drawing of the Washington Manual Training High School around 1895. Today, this building is the Asbury Dwellings apartment building. Here is...