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Arlington VA

Arlington County, Va., circa 1941. "National Airport. Plane in front of passenger terminal and control tower." Photo by Theodor Horydczak.

National Airport Way Back in 1941

This lovely old photo was taken in 1941. You're looking at the old terminal (then the only terminal) at National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.

Proposed highway in Arlington

Proposed Southside Freeway in Arlington

Here’s an interesting proposal for the Southside Freeway in Arlington, which never came to be. This graphic is from The Washington Post printed on October 7th, 1960. That date, by the way, is when the famous Kennedy/Nixon presidential debate happened, being...

View of Rosslyn over the Key Bridge in 1964

1964 View of Rosslyn Skyline

This old photo is over 50 years old, showing what Rosslyn looked like from Georgetown in 1964. Source: Library of Congress

1940s. "Arlington County, Virginia. War Department. Pentagon, aerial view." Safety negative by Theodor Horydczak.

Pentagon Seen From the Air in the 1940s

This photo is something that probably wouldn’t be shot today. At least, not easily, without military notification and support. So, enjoy this rare photo of the Pentagon as seen from above. Source: Shorpy

1900 Howell & Taylor map of Arlington showing early Clarendon

Why Is It Named Clarendon?

Clarendon started as a development off of the Georgetown to Falls Church road (now Wilson Blvd.) and the Washington, Arlington, Falls Church Railway.

VIEW OF WASHINGTON MONUMENT FROM THE VICINITY OF CAPITAL OVERLOOK, 1932. - George Washington Memorial Parkway, Along Potomac River from McLean to Mount Vernon, VA, Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, VA

1932 View of George Washington Parkway

Here is a photo looking at the Washington Monument from the vantage point of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Source: Library of Congress It looks like this bend is somewhere near where National Airport is today. What do you think?...

18th Century Map of What Would Become Arlington

How cool is this old map of Arlington? It shows Arlington County as it looked in the 18th century. By the way, do you know why it’s named Arlington? Source: Library of Congress

Washington & Lee High School

Fascinating Photo of Washington and Lee High School in Arlington

Check out this amazing old photo of Washington & Lee High School in 1916 (according to the Library of Congress, though I’m sure that’s mislabeled because construction didn’t start until 1924 according to Wikipedia). If you didn’t know, the school has...

N. Moore & 19th - Source: rosslynva.org

Dangers of Dead Man’s Hollow Near Rosslyn

Rosslyn and Arlington weren’t always great places to be, especially in the late 19th and early 20th century. Many parts were quite bleak, and worse, extremely dangerous. There once was a place called Dead Man’s Hollow, a short distance from...

Plat of Curtis & Burdett's subdivision of Carlin Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia : 260 ft. above sea level

Carlin Springs Subdivision Map from 1887 and 1890

Here is a map of the Carlin Springs subdivision in Alexandria, now Arlington County. Source: Library of Congress The above map shows the area south of Arlington Blvd. and east of S. Carlin Springs Rd. Check out the Google Map...

Glebe Rd. and 13th

Why Is It Named Glebe Road in Arlington?

Learn about Glebe Road. It dates back to the 1700s and initially was known as the "Road to the Falls" taking travelers from Alexandria to Great Falls.

`Key Bridge in 1965

Awesome 1965 Photo of Key Bridge

Hello GoDCers! Thursday is coming to a close, and tomorrow is Friday. So that’s great news. To celebrate, we’re sharing a great afternoon photo with you. This is a great photo that we dug up on Flickr. The photo was taken...

View of Aqueduct Bridge and Rosslyn from Georgetown, ca. 1900. The American Brewery is located in upper right. (Arlington Public Library)

Fire and Explosions Threaten to Destroy Rosslyn

You may not know this, but many years ago, in 1925, Rosslyn was nearly destroyed by a major fire. We came across a crazy article detailing the horrors and action-movie like sequences of the fire that ripped the town. Below is...

drawing of shopping center (1940)

1940 Proposal for Westmont Shopping Center in Arlington

If you live in Arlington, you’ve probably driven past this place a thousand times. The shopping center we’re talking about sits at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Glebe Road, Westmont Shopping Center. The Washington Post had a brief article...

don't swim in the Potomac

Potomac Water is a Health Hazard (1973)

Remember how nasty the Potomac River was? Yes, it’s still not the greatest, but it’s swimmable in some parts (as long as you don’t have open wounds). Back in the 1970s, it was absolutely polluted. Check out this sign from...

1850 Columbia Pike, Arlington

1960s Advertisement for 1850 Columbia Pike

Here’s an old Mad Men-era advertisement for apartments in Arlington. The building still exists, and the rent is substantially higher than what’s listed below in the 1960s ad. Click on the ad for a larger version. Here’s the Google Street...

diagram of proposed park of 2,500 acres

1886 Plan for Great Park in Arlington

Six years before Rock Creek Park came to be and about 20 years after the Civil War, there was talk of a great park for Washington to be made from lands in Arlington, combined with the reclaimed flats on the...

homes in Lyon Park

Arlington GoDCers, Can You Identify This Block?

Here’s another challenge for you Arlington folks. This is a photo taken around 1921, and it shows a few homes in Lyon Park. Any idea where this is or if these homes still exist? Source: Library of Congress

Cherrydale Home

Arlington GoDCers, Can You Identify This Home?

We need your help … this is a photo from the Library of Congress showing a home in Cherrydale. Can anyone identify this home (if it still exists today)? The photo appears to be from 1920. Source: Library of Congress...

Who Were The Ballston Skulls?

The Ballston Skulls sounds like a gang. They weren’t. The Skulls played semi-pro football representing the village of Ballston. They played and practiced on a field, known as Ballston Stadium, at Ball’s Crossroads, currently the site of Ballston Common Mall....

Ballston pedestrian bridge (Wikipedia)

Why Is It Named Ballston?

Ball's Crossroads was established as a village in Arlington County in 1874, and in 1895, the official name was changed to Ballston.

Whitlow's Restaurant and retail stores at 11th and E Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C., photographed before they were demolished to make way for new buildings

Lost History: The Old Whitlow’s Bar and Grille

Whitlow’s on Wilson wasn’t always in Arlington. For a really long time, starting around the end of World War II, it was down at 11th and E St. NW. Oliver Carr, a developer, had acquired much of the block in...

map of Alexandria County in 1879

1879 Map of Alexandria County

The treasure trove of maps held by the Library of Congress gave us this awesome map of Alexandria County (i.e., Arlington County today) from 1879. GoDCer Tim is going to love this.

Civil War map of Confederate fortifications outside Washington

1861 Line of Rebel Fortifications Outside Washington

Happy Saturday GoDCers! We are digging through old maps to post next week, and we uncovered some great old Civil War maps in the Boston Public Library archives, including this one of the rebel fortifications just west of D.C. You...