Tag: 1970s

It’s 4:20 Somewhere

Hazy blue smoke surrounds the origins of the annual Fourth of July Smoke-In. Though it now takes place in Lafayette Square, across the barricaded street from the White House, it began on the Mall.
Congressman Wilbur Mills and exotic dancer Fanne Foxe speak with reporters outside Foxe’s dressing room in 1974. (Bettmann Archive via Getty Images)

Arkansas Congressman and the Argentine Stripper

I watched The Front Runner this weekend, the story about Gary Hart's implosion of a presidential campaign in 1988. What a...
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Marijuana and Alcohol Consumed by Kids in Silver Spring

This is a bizarre and disappointing article that we dug up in The Washington Post. It was printed on April 2nd, 1977. Montgomery County school officials...

1980s Friendship Heights Metro Construction

Do you remember living in Washington during the 1970s? How about when the Metro was being built up along Wisconsin Avenue?
Photo of Metro Center in 1973

What Did Metro Center Look Like Under Construction in 1973?

Check out this great set of photos from 1973, showing construction of Metro Center underground. Also, don't miss these other great old Metro photos showing Dupont...
Aerial view of the Washington Navy Yard, looking east (top). This shot shows the Navy Yard’s borders: M Street on the north (left); the waterfront on the south; 11th street on the east, and 2nd street on the west (foreground). On the right bank of the river is Anacostia, September 1963. NHHC Photograph Collection, Navy Subject Files, Washington Navy Yard. (214).

Aerial Views of the Navy Yard in the 1960s, 70s, and...

This photo is an aerial view of the Navy Yard just a couple of months before President Kennedy was assassinated. Source: National Museum of the...

Never Built Three Sisters Bridge Across the Potomac

This is a story that is most likely unknown to the great majority of GoDCers. Long-time DC residents may remember the controversy...
Notice the decked/tunneled section south of Fort Totten, then the over 90-degree turn to the east, then the decked/tunneled section between Galloway Street and Gallatin Street, with the Metrorail Glenmont Route (Red Line trains) following the North Central Freeway (I-95 south of Fort Totten and I-70S north of Fort Totten), and with the Metrorail Greenbelt Route (Green Line trains) following the Northeast Freeway (I-95 east of Fort Totten). The area between Galloway Street and Gallatin Street where the Northeast Freeway was proposed was mostly open fields then and still is now.

Drawings of Proposed I-95 Through D.C.

Here are some terrific old maps from 1971 showing the remainder of what would have been I-95 cutting through D.C. Today, what is now...
McLean Gardens

Proposed Demolition of McLean Gardens; Replaced by Embassy Complex

How about this interesting old article from The Washington Post, printed on August 6th, 1975. Initially, there was a plan to demolish the entire 700+ unit...
Meridian Hill Park in 1976

What Did Meridian Hill Look Like in 1976?

This is a view of Meridian Hill Park, back when it was pretty rough. It was once a beautiful and amazing park, and now...
Union Station under construction in 1974

Union Station Reconstruction in the 1970s

Check out this photo of Union Station being rehabilitated. Thankfully they saved it instead of knocking it down like they did so many other...
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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...
Hank's Oyster Bar Old Town

If Walls Could Talk: Hank’s Oyster Bar Old Town

Congratulations to the latest #GoDCIWCT poll winner. A well-deserved victory for our most successful Twitter campaigner yet. Those retweets really helped! Okay, on with the...
1978 Washington Bullets

“Warm Up the Fat Lady” The Night the Bullets Won...

Elvin 'The Big E' Hayes and Bobby Dandridge were in the house at the Verizon Center the other night to watch the struggling Washington...
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Kenny Rogers Live at the Capital Centre the Day Iran Fell

Sweet concert! This is an ad in The Washington Post on February 11th, 1979 for a Kenny Rogers concert. Almost 35 years ago, this was...
Pres. Nixon w/ Sammy Davis, Jr., new member of Nat'l. Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity

Sammy Davis Jr. and Richard Nixon

Talk about an odd couple. Davis Jr. was in attendance back in 1963 for the March on Washington (we posted a photo earlier). Here, Nixon...

President Ford’s Second Day on the Job

Here's a fascinating old photo from President Ford's Administration. It was taken on August 10th, 1974. That's important because Nixon resigned the previous day...
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Seedy 1970s Adult Entertainment Business

The District had a much darker underbelly in the 1970s and 1980s, including a number of adult theaters in the area. Just check out...
Willard Hotel in 1976

1976 View of Willard Hotel Renovation

Here's a great old photo from 1976. It shows the Willard Hotel, looking northwest across 14th St. Source: Library of Congress
Cheney and Rumsfeld in 1975

Cheney Steps Out of Rumsfeld’s Shadow

This is a fascinating old article from The Washington Post, printed on Thursday, november 6th, 1975. Dick Cheney was about to replace Donald Rumsfeld as...
Nov 1982 | Crews work to complete the building of the tunnel near Forest Glen Station.

Vintage Washington Metro Construction Photos

How cool are these? We stumbled across them on Metro's Facebook page. Tunnel near Forest Glen