1900s

The view south from the top of the Washington Monument. Ice covers half of the Tidal Basin

What Did It Look Like Before the Jefferson Memorial?

Check out this great photo from 1908. The Jefferson Memorial wasn’t completed until 1943, so this is what the area looked like for another 35 years. Source: Flickr user Rob Ketcherside
1909 map of the Palisades

Great 1909 Map of the Palisades

Mrs. Ghost, Ghost Baby, and I spent a nice Saturday afternoon celebrating a birthday at a lovely home in the Palisades. The two parents of the young birthday child (and GoDCers) have a great home with the...

1904 Map of Entire Washington, D.C. Area

This map is amazing with the amount of details. Click on it to zoom in. It’s from 1904. Source: Library of Congress
Washington Post headline

Shots End Alexandria Saloon Brawl

The sub headline for this article was “Walter Bryant Hurls Beer Bottle and Edward Bryant Uses Pistol.” Who do you think won that fight? We dug up this wild article in The Washington Post, printed on April...
1900 Howell & Taylor map of Arlington showing early Clarendon

Why Is It Named Clarendon?

Clarendon started as a development off of the Georgetown to Falls Church road (now Wilson Blvd.) and the Washington, Arlington, Falls Church Railway.
Potomac River

Tragic Potomac Drowning Ends Romance

This is a sad story that we came across in The Washington Postfrom June 29th, 1908. John McCalip, 22 years old, an electrician, at the Senate office building, was drowned yesterday while swimming in Broad Creek, on...
Taken by Sidney Duff in Washington, DC. Union Station was completed in October 1908. Here, only one of the six statues have been installed over the entrance. Another photo from the set shows the Tidal Basin frozen over, causing me to guess that this is January 1908.

Union Station Under Construction

This is a terrific photo that we dug up on Flickr. It shows Union Station under construction in the early 1900s. We also cross-posted this on Cool Old Photos. Source: Rob Ketcherside

1906 Coca-Cola Advertisement

We love old ads here at Ghosts of DC and this is a great one from The Evening Star, printed on June 24th, 1906. Source: Library of Congress Three weeks later, Alfred Dreyfus was exonerated, bringing...
1906 map showing the original boundary milestones of the District of Columbia

1906 Map of All D.C. Boundary Stones

Working under commissioners that President Washington had appointed in 1790 in accordance with the Residence Act, Major Andrew Ellicott led a team that placed these markers in 1791 and 1792.
Third in a series of four panoramic photographs of Washington, D.C., from left to right (west to east) taken from a tower in the Smithsonian Institution Building. The Mall area is covered with trees. The streets on the left perpendicular to the Mall are 12th Street and 11th Street. The long building on the right is Center Market bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue, Constitution Avenue, 7th and 9th Streets, N.W. Up and behind Center Market on the right, the large building is the Pension Bureau Building bounded by F and G Streets, N.W., between 4th and 5th Streets, designed by General Montgomery C. Meigs, completed in 1887, later occupied by many government agencies and now known as the National Building Museum

Why Does the National Mall Look the Way It Does?

What do you think? Is Washington the most beautiful city in the world? I have to believe that I’m biased, but I do think it is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world....
1909 map of Friendship Heights

1909 Map of Friendship Heights

This is a cool old 1909 map of the area around Friendship Heights and Chevy Chase. Thanks to GoDCer Claire for pointing out that we didn’t have Friendship Heights in our neighborhoods menu. Enjoy the map...
early 1900s view of 11th and Pennsylvania

1900s Frozen in Time at 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue

What do you see in this photo of Pennsylvania Avenue? It’s an amazing scene from the early 1900s, where you can see the Willard Hotel prominently positioned, as well as the old Washington Post building and...
Howard University football in 1904

1904 Howard University Football and 1906 St. John’s College Football

Check out this cool photo of Howard University’s football team in 1904. GoDCer Andy sent this in after checking out this cool post about Georgetown Prep’s basketball team. St. John’s College is now St. John’s College...
Wide view of the Old Harvard Street Bridge across Rock Creek Park taken from the south (down creek) side. A dirt road with a log fence appears on the right.

Old Harvard Street Bridge Over Rock Creek

Do you know where the Harvard St. Bridge is? I couldn’t place it until I looked it up, and obviously, it’s the bridge at the end of Harvard St. within the National Zoo. Pretty obvious, right?...
View of four boats in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal lined up to cross the Potomac Aqueduct Bridge. The boats are owned by the Canal Towage Co. (misspelled "Towace). The postcard's reverse is stamped "Sunday Magazine April 16, 1933."

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in 1909

Here’s a great shot of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in 1909. Source: Dig DC
First Congregational Church in 1909

1901 Photo of First Congregational Church in Penn Quarter

Here’s a wonderful old photo that we dug up at Dig DC. It shows the First Congregational Church at 9th and G St. in 1909. Source: Dig DC
View of the east and south elevations of Mrs. E. D. E. N (Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte) Southworth's cottage, located at the southwest corner of Prospect and 36th Streets NW. In background can be seen 1224 36th Street NW whose Prospect Street elevation is painted with "Drink Coca-Cola."

Quaint Old Southworth Cottage at 36th and Prospect in Georgetown

Another great find courtesy of Dig DC and the DC Public Library.This is the Southworth Cottage at 36th and Prospect in Georgetown, home of noted author Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth, taken in 1909. She was a...
1907 map of Brightwood

1907 Map of Brightwood

Here’s a terrific old map of the area around Brightwood in 1907. GoDCer Ian emailed about this a while ago and we finally got around to sharing it. Enjoy!
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