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Rambler Bicycles Use the Fastest Tires on Earth
This city loves bikes … okay, a few angry drivers hate bikes, but they should work through those issues. WABA is a huge local advocate for our region, pushing for the greener form of transportation. Capital Bikeshare has also exploded as of late, so much so, that I couldn’t find a bike this weekend when I desperately needed one. Yes, I recognize that there are far larger problems I could...
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3 Things You Didn't Know Happened at Chevy Chase Circle
In this post, we explore 3 things that have happened at Chevy Chase Circle in DC, from the tragic suicide of a local tailor to a tornado knocking down poles and outhouses, to a cricket match between Washington and Baltimore clubs.
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A Wild Love Triangle: Officer Sprinkle Saves the Day
Officer Sprinkle is a DCPD badass. Read all about his daring rescue of a wild love triangle in the Washington Post on January 31st, 1892. Get a daily dose of DCPD badass Officer Sprinkle and his heroic deeds.
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Exploring the History of Weller's Pharmacy on Capitol Hill
Explore the history of Weller's Pharmacy on Capitol Hill, including Franklin Pierce Weller's obituary and his connection to the Knights Templar. See a photo of the inside of the pharmacy from 1915 and a modern photo of the neighboring property.
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Proposed National Zoo in Rock Creek Park
We are a great nation and Americans in the 1880s were proud of their rapidly growing and dominant country. But how can you truly be a great nation without a national zoo to show off all the wonderful creatures that roam your lands, as well as those of foreign lands? Not only that, how will you help preserve the species that were being decimated by the rapid westward expansion and industrial progress? A...
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The Washington Times 1896 X-Ray Hair Loss Experiment: Not Sound Medical Advice
Read about a humorous article published in the Washington Times in 1896, discussing a man's experiment with X-rays to remove hair. Spoiler: It didn't work! This is a cautionary tale of the early days of X-rays.
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The White House Easter Egg Roll: A Look Back at Access to the Grounds
Learn about the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll and the history of access to the grounds. From unfenced during the Civil War to security measures post-9/11, take a look back at how access to the White House has changed.
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A Tragic Story From 1893: A Man Drinks a Quart of Gin in One "Pull" and Dies
In 1893, a man made a wager with other laborers that he could drink a quart of gin in one "pull" out of the bottle. It was a tragic mistake, and he died from his foolhardiness. Learn more about this story from GhostsofDC.
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If Walls Could Talk: Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
Sonoma interior Last week’s winner of the “If Walls Could Talk” poll was Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar. They altered the look and feel of the tavern-heavy block of Pennsylvania between 2nd and 3rd St. SE and have been satisfying discerning palates with sophisticated wine and charcuterie since the fall of 2005. I’m excited to branch out to a different neighborhood for this...
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If Walls Could Talk: The New LivingSocial Live Events Center
I came across a great idea while reading Prince of Petworth’s post on LivingSocial yesterday. The DC-based company just opened up their “live events center” in a building at 918 F St. NW, which was the former National Union Building. It’s a magnificently beautiful Romanesque building, six stories tall. This one certainly has a colorful history, so it’s going to make for...
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Eastern High School: History of The Pride of Capitol Hill
I thought it would be a good to branch out and do a on Eastern High School (check them out on Facebook) near RFK Stadium. It’s a beautiful building at 1700 East Capitol St. NE, originally built in 1923. The original Eastern High School building was building in the 1890s at 7th and C St. SE. This past fall, they started a unique program of enrolling a new ninth grade class, growing the school...
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Exploring the Palisades of the Potomac (1890)
Explore the Palisades of the Potomac, a beautiful neighborhood located at the edge of the District of Columbia that was home to some of the wealthiest Washingtonians in the late 19th century. Learn more by viewing the 1890 advertisement!
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Hawaiian ex-Queen Liliʻuokalani Comes to Washington
This might be the most unique ideas for a post that I have come up with thus far. Hopefully you will agree and enjoy reading it. I love Hawaii (who doesn’t?) and over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a number of vacations in the islands with family. I’m quite fond of the place and have some great memories from my visits. Queen Liliʻuokalani (Honolulu Advertiser) Being...
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Officer Sprinkle: Captured Geronimo, Accused Bootlegger, and Bodyguard to President Wilson
A couple of reader comments about an Officer Sprinkle in this earlier post piqued my interest in finding out a little more about the guy who has the kind of name you’d give to a cat. An unforgettable name, so hopefully I’ll be able to dig up enough information on this guy to write a post worthy of being “A Personal Story.” Joshua Sprinkle – Boyd Joshua L. Sprinkle...
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Exploring the Streets of Swampoodle in 1895: A Column From the Washington Post
Take a step back in time to 1895 and explore the rough Irish immigrant neighborhood of Swampoodle. Read a column from the Washington Post that tells the story of three locals who boozed until the wee hours of the morning.
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Exploring the History of 1019 U Street NW in Washington DC, Home of Corte Salon
Corte Salon is a great place to get a haircut, but did you know that its building has seen its fair share of history? Learn more about the history of 1019 U Street NW in Washington DC, home to Corte Salon.
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Faces of Yesterday - Dime Messenger Service Boys of D.C. 1912: The Case of Frank Rowler and Michael McDonald
This article looks back to January 11th, 1892, when Frank Rowler, a messenger boy, was assaulted by a man named Howard. Michael McDonald, a bystander, was so angry that he hit Howard a terrible blow, leading to his arrest. This paints a picture of a rougher town in a rougher time, without the use of guns.
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The Washington & Great Falls Electric Railway Line ("Cabin John Trolley") from Georgetown
Discover the history of the Washington & Great Falls Electric Railway Line ("Cabin John Trolley") from Georgetown in this video. Learn more about the line, acquired by the Washington Railway and Electric Company in 1902, and how it was dismantled in the 1960s.
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