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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 the Streets of Old Anacostia - A Letter From Washington in 1886
This post recounts a letter from Washington, D.C. in 1886 discussing the violence on the streets of Anacostia. Reports and perceptions of violence and criminality in Anacostia are over-rated and have a history.
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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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A Look at Congress Heights in 1902: An Advertisement from the Washington Times
Take a look back in time to 1902 and explore Congress Heights with this advertisement from the Washington Times. Read through the whole thing and be amazed!
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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 Washington History: The 1938 Plane Crash in Anacostia
On November 9th, 1938, two aviators, Lieutenant Colonel Leslie MacDill and Private Joseph G. Gloxner, burned to death in the worst aerial tragedy in the history of Washington after their airplane crashed on a street in Anacostia. Read the full story here.
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