Anacostia

Anacostia home being constructed circa 1919

Anacostia Street Frozen in Time (1919)

Here is a terrific shot of homes being built in Anacostia. This was taken around 1919 and this row appears to be the 1900 block of 16th St. SE. Check out the Google Street View below...
Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland Gets Lost in 19th Century Anacostia

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. While trying to confirm President Hayes visited Douglass at Cedar Hill, I came across this news item telling of President Grover Cleveland (the 22nd and, later, the 24th...
Baltimore Sun - Letter From Washington

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...
Fairlawn real estate advertisement from the Washington Herald - July 22nd, 1911

To See Fairlawn Means a Lot

This is an advertisement for new development and real estate across the Eastern Branch, near Anacostia. Click on the ad for a closer look at what is a harsh window into a very different (and blatantly...
Congress Heights advertisement - May 17th, 1902 (Washington Times)

Congress Heights: The Healthiest and Most Delightful Suburb of Washington

Admittedly, I do not focus enough east of the river. I was doing a little digging around the Library of Congress archives and came across this gem. This is an advertisement for homes in Congress Heights,...
Bonus Army eviction in 1932 (Wikipedia)

Three Things About Poplar Point and Anacostia Flats

If you’re fortunate enough to be participating in WABA’s “Down the Tubes” ride tomorrow, the last stop on your journey is going to be Poplar Point. Probably 70% of District residents don’t know what this is...
Bryant Street pumping station (Wikipedia)

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.
Captain John Smith map - full size (1612)

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.

Plane Crash in Anacostia Kills Two

Came across is crazy photo on Shorpy. This happened on November 9th, 1938 when two aviators, Lieutenant Colonel Leslie MacDill and Private Joseph G. Gloxner burned to death in, what was then, the worst aerial tragedy...