Old Ads & Classifieds / 29.04.2012

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, published on May 17th, 1902 in the Washington Times. Read through the whole thing. It's amazing. [caption id="attachment_5766" align="aligncenter" width="604" caption="Congress Heights advertisement - May 17th, 1902 (Washington Times)"][/caption] Related articles Move to Cathedral Highlands: An Unobstructed View of the Entire Surrounding Country (ghostsofdc.org) Old Columbia Heights: Where the Streets Have New Names (ghostsofdc.org) Owning Your Own Apartment...

Reader's Choice, Three Things... / 31.03.2012

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 or where it is, but a number of important historical events have happened here. One of these events involved a future president. 1. Bonus Army and the Summer of 1932 Over 43,000 marchers came to Washington in 1932 demanding payment for their World War Adjusted Compensation Act bonuses. The law was passed on May...

Other Cool Stuff / 13.02.2012

Captain John Smith sailed up the Eastern Branch of the Potomac and was well received by the Nacotchtank, the Native Algonquin people in present-day Anacostia. The Captain's oldest map, published in 1612, marks the area as Natcotchtank. In 1621 the small sailing vessel, Tiger, headed up the Potomac from Jamestown, Virginia, with 26 men aboard. The goal of the trip was to trade corn with the Native Americans met by Captain Smith. The Nacotchtank ambushed the group and all the men were killed or taken prisoner. Henry Fleet was among those taken captive, and remained with the Natcochtank for five years, learning their language, customs and way of life. After returning to Jamestown, Fleet made a few more journeys up the river to trade with his former captors. On one trip in 1632, he described in great detail his journey upriver. An entry of importance in the journal was the first referral to the location with the anglicized name of Nacostine, rather than Natcotchtank. The next step in the etymology the name appears to be found in reports sent to Rome by the Jesuit fathers accompanying Leonard Calvert, the first Proprietary Governor of the Colony of Maryland. These reports refer to the area and the natives as Nacostine and add the prefix "A" to becoming a more recognizable Anacostines or Anacostans. John Smith's map below is pretty amazing. Click on it to get a blown up version of it.
Faces & Places of Yesterday / 30.01.2012

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 in the history of Washington after their airplane crashed on a street in Anacostia. They had just taken off from Bolling Field and their plane went down, destroying three cars in the crash. Oh, by the way, MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa was named after the pilot. He was kind of a big deal.