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Adams Morgan Map From 1888

Adams Morgan didn’t exist in 1888. Back then it was called Washington Heights as many of the other uptown destinations began their lives similarly: Cleveland Heights, Friendship Heights, Massachusetts Avenue Heights. If you’re curious...

Why Is It Named Adams Morgan?

If you go to Adams Morgan on a regular basis, you should probably know at least the basic history of the neighborhood, which is actually the combination of several older Washington neighborhoods: Kalorama Triangle,...
Capital Transit demonstration run of a Twin Coach articulated bus (a model they did not end up using), April 3, 1948. This turnaround is still used by buses today [photo by Robert S. Crockett].

Calvert Street Bus Turnaround in 1948

Check this out. It looks as it does today, minus the Toddle House in the background which is now Mama Ayesha’s. Source: Flickr user rockcreek
Washington Post - August 5th, 1928

Prohibition Agents Raid 18th Street Oyster House Speakeasy

These prohibition stories are always great. This one is from a raid that happened on August 3rd, 1928 at 2106 18th St. NW in Adams Morgan. Today, the building is the home of Casa...
Exterior of the Knickerbocker on opening day, 1917

The Knickerbocker Theatre Tragedy

This is a guest post by Angela Harrison Eng Winter storms like hurricanes are regularly named every year. This naming practice, however, was not always the norm. One snowstorm that hit DC in 1922...
View of a group of hikers walking alongside Rock Creek to the left and an embankment that leads up to the right upon which can be seen a row of buildings. Location is to the west and downhill from the 2800 block of Adams Mill Road NW.

Photo of Rock Creek Hiking in 1916

Do you recognize this part of Rock Creek Park? If I’m not mistaken, it’s near the entrance to the National Zoo on Rock Creek Parkway. Source: Dig DC

When Adams Morgan Was Rural

Difficult to believe this … really difficult, but back in 1892, what is now Adams Morgan, was very rural. Less jumbo slices, more trees. You probably can’t even recognize this, with no 18th St....
Washington Heights Home for Sale

Washington Heights Home for Sale; $8,500 in 1904

Imagine living blocks from Adams Morgan’s 18th Street, owning a home that cost just $8,500. If you were around in 1904, a home on Mintwood Place could have been yours. Even taking into consideration...
1832 Biltmore St. NW

Unfurnished Apartment in Adams Morgan for $37.50

How would you like an apartment for $37.50 per month? You could do that back in 1908, like this ad in the Washington Post listed on April 9th. Oh, and the original name for...