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Wesley Heights -1891

1891 Ad for Wesley Heights Real Estate

Check out this great old advertisement from The Washington Post in 1891.
Washington neighborhoods in the 1800s

Squalid Sections: Buzzard’s Roost, Ryder’s Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and Swinghammer Alley

Buzzard’s Roost, Ryder’s Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and the Barracks are all old neighborhoods which were shanties of dirt and filth. We wrote about the rough-and-tumble lost neighborhood of Murder Bay, and the equally squalid...
1633 North Capitol St. NE

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...

1895 Bird’s Eye View of Brookland

How cool is this? If you live in Brookland, you’re going to love it. Click on it for a larger version and then share it with your friends on Facebook. Source: Library of Congress...
Southern Hotel - 311 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Photo of Segregated Southern Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue

Source: Library of Congress The hotel on the left is the Southern Hotel, a hotel for African-Americans which was situated at 311 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The photograph was taken around 1899. Below is the...
Horse car in Washington, D.C. at Wisconsin and O St. NW (1889)

White House Gardener Run Over by Cursed Streetcar in Tennallytown

Here is a crazy story from Tennallytown that we found in The Washington Post, printed on November 8th, 1896. A serious accident happened at Tennallytown about 7 o’clock yesterday evening. Car No. 9, of the...
1890s stroll through Rock Creek Park

Carriage Ride Through Rock Creek in 1890

Look at this great photo from 1890. It shows a group of people riding their horse and buggies through Rock Creek Park. I don’t suppose any of you recognize where this is? I know,...
Baseball House Puzzle answer

Answer to the Baseball House Puzzle

Sorry, this was supposed to auto-publish yesterday afternoon, but didn’t. Here’s the solution to Donovan’s Baseball House Puzzle, printed in The Washington Post on October 7th, 1894. Did any of you get this? Below is the...
The Baseball House Puzzle

The Baseball House Puzzle of 1894

Here’s a terrific puzzle for you to solve, from our last post about the Baseball House and William Donovan. Below are the directions printed in The Washington Post back in 1894. We’ll be posting the...