Rock Creek Park

View of south and west elevations of Peirce Mill, to the left of Tilden Street NW as it rises to cross Rock Creek.

Peirce Mill and Spring House on Thanksgiving Day 1910

It looks almost exactly the same today! The photos were taken on November 24th, 1910 … Happy Thanksgiving! Source: Dig DC
View of a group of hikers walking alongside Rock Creek to the left and an embankment that leads up to the right upon which can be seen a row of buildings. Location is to the west and downhill from the 2800 block of Adams Mill Road NW.

Photo of Rock Creek Hiking in 1916

Do you recognize this part of Rock Creek Park? If I’m not mistaken, it’s near the entrance to the National Zoo on Rock Creek Parkway. Source: Dig DC
Three men with bicycles on bridge near Pierce Mill, Washington, D.C.

Amazing Photo of Men Bicycling Near Peirce Mill

What an amazing photo this is from sometime between the 1880s and 1910s. I can’t quite tell the direction of this shot. I think it’s looking east toward Mt. Pleasant? Source: Library of Congress
1907 view of K St. bridge

Photo of Old 1907 Steel Girder K Street Bridge Over Rock Creek

Check this out. A much more bucolic and rural looking K St. over Rock Creek in 1907. Source: Library of Congress
Baltimore Sun - November 12th, 1845

For Sale: 460 Acres of Land on Rock Creek

Here is an old classified advertisement from The Baltimore Sun, printed on November 12th, 1845. In the ad, you’ll see some interesting property for sale, namely a large plot of lange on the Rockville and Washington...
1890s stroll through Rock Creek Park

Carriage Ride Through Rock Creek in 1890

Look at this great photo from 1890. It shows a group of people riding their horse and buggies through Rock Creek Park. I don’t suppose any of you recognize where this is? I know, that’s a...

Oldsmobile Crossing Boulder Bridge in 1920

Check out this terrific high resolution photo from 1920. It shows an Oldsmobile just after crossing Boulder Bridge on Beach Drive. Source: Library of Congress

Never Built: Metro’s Bridge Over Rock Creek

In these 1966 drawings, train cars roll under Connecticut Avenue, but above Rock Creek. These amazing early Metro plans never came to fruition. They depict the Red Line between Dupont Circle and Woodley Park.
diagram of proposed park of 2,500 acres

1886 Plan for Great Park in Arlington

Source: Washington Post 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,...
two alligators ... they are scary

Holy Sh*t! Alligators Found in Rock Creek

This is something that would scare the crap out of you. Just imagine walking along a path next to Rock Creek Park, only to stumble upon an 700-pound alligator. #OMFG … Absolutely terrifying, and God forbid...
motor roads through Rock Creek Park

Motor Roads Through Rock Creek in 1922

This is a really cool map from the Washington Times, published on Saturday, May 22nd, 1922. It shows the drivable roadways through Rock Creek Park, for you to enjoy a leisurely cruise through the city’s best...
scenes from Rock Creek Park

Amazing Scenes from Rock Creek Park in 1912

Does anyone recognize these photos? Take a look and see if you can place these locations in today’s Rock Creek Park. This is a series of great photos from the Library of Congress. They were taken...
car crossing Rock Creek

Old Photo of Rock Creek Crossing

Here’s a cool photo of a car crossing a part of Rock Creek in the 1920s. Source: Library of Congress And here is, what appears to be, the same location in Rock Creek, this time being...
Fourth of July celebration in Rock Creek

July 4th, 1914: A Celebration in Rock Creek Park

We dug up this great photo on the Library of Congress’ site. This shows a group of people in Rock Creek Park on July 4th, 1914, celebrating Independence Day. There were grand festivities across the city,...
Rock Creek Parkway

1886 Plan to Fill In and Build Over Rock Creek

This is an awesome find. We dug up a fascinating article in the Washington Post from May 23rd, 1886. This was for a proposed tunnel diverting the creek’s path. A large impetus for the this plan...
Native American in Rock Creek Park

Native American Shoots Bow and Arrow Near Rock Creek

This is an odd photo from 1924. It’s clearly a staged shot of a Native American posing with his bow and arrow in Rock Creek Park. Source: Library of Congress
1907 map of Rock Creek Park

1907 Map of Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park

Look how many large tracts of land there were in Rock Creek Park, back in the early 20th century. The map is oriented looking west.
Teddy Roosevelt in 1902 (Library of Congress)

Lost Ring, If Found, Return to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

On Friday, July 3rd, 1902, Teddy Roosevelt went for a hike in Rock Creek Park with General Leonard Wood and his entourage. The President’s love for Rock Creek was well known, as he spent countless hours wandering...
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