Dwight D. Eisenhower

1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Presidential Limousine - Bubble Top Parade Car - Presidential Motorcade - President Eisenhower - Queen Elizabeth - United States Visit - Washington DC - October, 1957

Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth Driving in Presidential Limo

This wonderful old photo of Pennsylvania Avenue in 1957 shows President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth in an old Lincoln Cosmopolitan. Source: Flickr user Dave Gelinas And here’s another. Source: Flickr user Dave Gelinas Source: Flickr user Dave Gelinas  

Eisenhower Paroled by Doctors in Denver; Returns to Washington

In September 1955, President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while visiting Denver. He was rushed to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, where he would spend seven weeks recovering. While convalescing, he continued to carry out his executive duties from his hospital suite...

Japanese State Visit to Eisenhower White House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oKD5J7wllU In September of 1960, the U.S. and Japan were celebrating 100 years of diplomatic relations. Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko traveled to Washington at the end of the month to celebrate the occasion with an official state visit....

padlocked gate

Girl Padlocks White House Gates; Locks Eisenhower Inside

You know how bad it sucks to accidentally lock yourself out of your house. How about when you’re locked in and your home is the White House? Well, that actually happened to President Eisenhower. Here is an amusing article from...

Locomotive and cars through the concourse (Photo courtesy of Trains magazine)

Runaway Train Crashes Through Union Station Lobby

This is a guest post by GoDCer from Poolesville, Jack (the guy that tipped us off to some great stories, like the decapitated convict). President Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration was just five days away. For days the advance guard of a...

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 or where it is,...

Taking off from the South Lawn (Smithsonian)

White House South Lawn Helicopter Landing Tests (1957)

President Eisenhower needed a quick and effective way to travel from Washington to his summer home in Rhode Island. Air Force One was too large for the trip and a motorcade would take too long, causing major traffic jams. Helicopters...

A Pan Am 707 on the runway

Pan Am’s First Passenger Jet to Europe (1958)

Aviation has a strong history in the Washington area. Following on the heels of our last aeronautical first (Concorde at Dulles), here is another first for the region and the country. In the fall of 1958, Pan Am (i.e., the...