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An Aerial Tour of the Washington Navy Yard Through the Years
Take a tour of the Washington Navy Yard in DC through the years with three amazing aerial photos. See the Navy Yard just months before President Kennedy's assassination, in the 1970s, and in the 1980s.
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Robbery at the Former Home of Frederick Douglass in Anacostia
Read about a robbery that took place at the former home of Frederick Douglass in Anacostia, as reported by The Washington Post in March 14th, 1905. Find out what was taken, and what remained untouched.
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1892 Map of Rural Anacostia
We posted a cool old rural map of Tenleytown a short while back. Here’s a map from the same group, showing Anacostia back in 1892. Source: Library of Congress
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What Good Hope Hill in Anacostia was Like in 1857: Earn $200 Per Year as a Sober Gardener!
Learn what Good Hope Hill in Anacostia was like in 1857 - and how a sober gardener could earn $200 per year! Later, it was the location of the German Orphan Home.
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Uncovering the Lost History of Butler Heights, Washington DC
Discover the forgotten history of Butler Heights, Washington DC with this vintage advertisement from 1916. Learn more about the tiny Butler St. SE, close to Frederick Douglass' old home.
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The Anacostia Bank in 1918
The old Anacostia Bank in Washington, DC from 1918.
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A Brief Look Back at Anacostia's Uniontown Bar & Grill
Take a look back at Anacostia's iconic Uniontown Bar & Grill, a building that could soon have new life breathed into it. Learn about the history of the building and the recent bad decisions that led to its closure.
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A Look Back in Time: Capturing Washington in the 1960s from the East
Take a look back in time with this series of photos capturing Washington in the 1960s as viewed from the east. Explore the scenery and architecture of the city in this special collection of images.
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Good Hope Road in 1916
Take a look at how different Good Hope Road in Anacostia looked in 1916. Anacostia and Good Hope Road in 1916
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1907 Map of Anacostia
Take a look at this Baist map of Anacostia in 1907. 1907 Baist real estate atlas of Anacostia
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Then and Now: Anacostia Home Construction Circa 1919 and Today
See the transformation of a home being constructed in Anacostia circa 1919 compared to today. This makes for a great Then and Now shot. Check out the Google Street View below.
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Lost in 19th Century Anacostia: The President's Cleveland Visit to Mr. Fred Douglass (Washington Post, Aug. 13, 1886)
This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. An article from the Washington Post about President Grover Cleveland and Col. Daniel S. Lamont getting lost in 19th century Anacostia while attempting to visit Fred Douglass at Cedar Hill.
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Violence on Streets of Old Anacostia (1886)
This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. I walk the streets, alleys, back-cuts, and lounge on the corners of Anacostia everyday, every hour, every minute. Tour an abandominium or two. Reports and the widely held perceptions of violence and criminality in Anacostia, as I see it and know it, are over-rated. But that perspective is relative. After some quiet, over...
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Exploring the Racist Real Estate Ad from 1911 for Fairlawn in Anacostia
This blog post explores a real estate advertisement from 1911 for Fairlawn in Anacostia, DC. It provides a harsh window into a very different and blatantly racist time in Washington. Read to learn more about this area's history.
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Rediscovering Congress Heights: An Advertisement in the Washington Times from 1902
Take a look back in time with this amazing advertisement for homes in Congress Heights, published in the Washington Times on May 17th, 1902. Rediscover this gem from the Library of Congress archives.
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Exploring the History of Poplar Point and the Anacostia Flats
Discover the history of Poplar Point and the Anacostia Flats and learn what important events occurred here involving a future president. Read about the Bonus Army and the Summer of 1932 and Proposed Stadium Site. Plus, learn about Bolling Field opens for air mail.
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Three Things About the Bryant Street Pumping Station
Curious about water problems in DC? Here are stories about the Bryant Street Pumping Station from the early 1900s.
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Why Is It Named Anacostia?
Curious why it's named Anacostia? Check out the history which goes back to Captain John Smith in the 17th century.
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The Worst Aerial Tragedy in the History of Washington: Lieutenant Colonel Leslie MacDill and Private Joseph G. Gloxner Burn to Death in Airplane Crash on November 9th, 1938
On November 9th, 1938, Lt. Col. Leslie MacDill and Pte. Joseph G. Gloxner tragically burned to death in an airplane crash in Anacostia, Washington. MacDill Air Force Base was later named after MacDill. Read more to learn about this tragedy.
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