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Amazing 1890 Photo Showing Carriages in Rock Creek
Take a trip back in time with this amazing photo from 1890. It shows a group of people riding their horse and buggies through Rock Creek Park. See if you can recognize the area!
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Lost By The President, All-Gold Ring in Rock Creek
Teddy Roosevelt went for a pleasant walk in Rock Creek and unfortunately lost his wedding ring in the process. This is a great ad in the newspaper asking for its return.
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A Thanksgiving Look Back: Photos of Peirce Mill and Spring House in Rock Creek Park, DC Taken in 1910
This Thanksgiving, take a look back at historical photos of Peirce Mill and the Rock Creek Park spring house in 1910. Amazingly, the structures look almost exactly the same today!
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Exploring the National Zoo's Historical Entrance at Rock Creek Park
Take a journey through history with us and explore the historical entrance to the National Zoo in Rock Creek Park. Learn more about the area and its past with us today.
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Exploring the Past: A Look at a Photo from the 1880s-1910s
Take a look back in time with this amazing photo from the 1880s-1910s. We can't quite tell the direction of this shot, but we think it's looking east toward Mt. Pleasant. Source: Library of Congress.
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A Glimpse of K St. Over Rock Creek Park in 1907
Take a look at this 1907 view of K St. bridge over Rock Creek Park. See the bucolic and rural atmosphere from this incredible photo from Library of Congress.
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For Sale: 460 Acres of Land on Rock Creek
How about the 460 acres of land for sale along Rock Creek? This is the part of the park up near the Maryland border.
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Take a Look Back in Time: An Oldsmobile Crossing Boulder Bridge on Beach Drive in 1920
Go back in time to 1920 and take a look at this incredible high resolution photo of an Oldsmobile crossing Boulder Bridge on Beach Drive. Check it out now!
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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.
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Proposal for Rock Creek Park in Washington DC, 1886
In 1886, a proposal for Rock Creek Park in Washington DC was made. Read and explore the idea, its history and how the land was eventually used for something more important than a park: Arlington National Cemetery.
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The Mystery of the Alligators in Rock Creek Park: A 1916 Washington Times Article
Learn about the mysterious alligators that appeared in Rock Creek Park in 1916 according to an article from The Washington Times. Plus, don't forget to read about the alligators in the basement of the Commerce Department.
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Explore Rock Creek Park in 1922 with this Washington Times Map
Take a journey back in time to explore Rock Creek Park with this 1922 map from the Washington Times. Learn about the drivable roadways and the history of this beautiful park.
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Can You Identify These 1912 Photos of Rock Creek Park?
Take a look at these unique photos from 1912 and see if you can recognize today's Rock Creek Park. Can you identify these locations in the photos from the Library of Congress?
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Revisiting Rock Creek: A Photo Comparison of a Car Crossing and Horseback Riders
Revisiting Rock Creek in Washington, DC in the 1920s. See a photo comparison of a car crossing and horseback riders. View images from the Library of Congress.
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Celebrating Independence Day in 1914: A Look Back at Rock Creek Park
Take a look back at how Washingtonians celebrated Independence Day in 1914. We've dug up photos, a program, and more from the Library of Congress to show what a Fourth of July celebration in Rock Creek Park looked like!
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1886 Plan to Fill In and Build Over Rock Creek
A plan was proposed in the 1880s to fill in Rock Creek and begin building an expansion of the city, connecting Georgetown to the rest of the city.
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Uncovering the Mystery of the Staged Photo of a Native American in Rock Creek Park, 1924
This 1924 photo of a Native American posing with his bow and arrow in Rock Creek Park was clearly staged. Uncover the mystery behind this historic image from the Library of Congress.
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A Glimpse into the Early 20th Century: A 1907 Map of Rock Creek Park
Explore a fascinating 1907 map of Rock Creek Park and get a glimpse into the large tracts of land that were present in the early 20th century. The map is oriented looking west.
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Ghost Dog Visits the Duke Ellington Bridge: Three Stories From This Historic Landmark
Ghost Dog went on a walk this past weekend to seek out three stories from the Duke Ellington Bridge (formerly known as the Calvert Street Bridge). Learn about the opening day, a 100-foot plunge, and a compromise on aesthetics to save lives.
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Four New Sites for the White House
Last week we posted a detailed topographical map of Rock Creek Park from 1866. There were some great comments on it, including GoDCer Elizabeth’s observation that the map was entitled “Location for a Public Park & Site for Presidential Mansion” … intriguing. Topographical sketch of the environs of Washington, D.C. : (survey of locality for public park & site...
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Exploring the Origins of Rock Creek Park: A Topographical Map from 1866
Discover the origins of Rock Creek Park with this topographical map from 1866. Learn more about the Senate Resolution of July 18th, 1866 that led to the creation of this beautiful park.
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The Unbearable Heat of 1926: Washingtonians Take Refuge in Rock Creek Park
In 1926, Washingtonians were desperate to escape the unbearable heat. Some took refuge in Rock Creek Park, as seen in this photo of three Washingtonians attempting to beat the heat. Read more about this historic summer in D.C.
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Unconfirmed Story of Teddy Roosevelt Striking a Girl with His Riding Whip
140 characters: Unconfirmed reports from the Baltimore Sun stated that Teddy Roosevelt struck a young woman with his riding whip during a ride in Rock Creek Park. Read on to learn the full story.
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Proposed National Zoo in Rock Creek Park
We are a great nation and Americans in the 1880s were proud of their rapidly growing and dominant country. But how can you truly be a great nation without a national zoo to show off all the wonderful creatures that roam your lands, as well as those of foreign lands? Not only that, how will you help preserve the species that were being decimated by the rapid westward expansion and industrial progress? A...
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Secretary of the Treasury Franklin MacVeagh and His Appreciation of Architecture and Urban Planning
Secretary of the Treasury Franklin MacVeagh was a man that appreciated beauty and the aesthetics of architecture. He was also a clear supporter of urban planning with an eye towards maintaining or enhancing the appeal of a city. Learn about his impact on architecture and urban planning in this article!
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Three Men Jump to Their Deaths off Washington Bridges in 1946
In 1946, three men jumped to their deaths off three bridges in Washington, DC. Learn more about their tragic stories, from their family's perspective and the details of the day, in this blog post.
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What Is The History of the Capital Beltway?
The Capital Beltway, encircling Washington D.C., is more than just a highway. It represents a journey through time, connecting past and present, as a testament to the growth, vision, and bustling energy that have shaped the nation's capital.
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Three Random Stories About Farragut Square
What is the history of Farragut Square in Washington, DC? Read three great stories from its past.
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Cooling Off in Rock Creek: A Look at a 1921 Photo of Kids Having Fun
Take a look at this 1921 photo of kids having fun cooling off in Rock Creek on a hot D.C. summer day. Check out the kid in the middle - he looks totally overwhelmed by the water. Ah ... to be a kid!
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An Introduction to the Boulder Bridge of Rock Creek Park
Get to know the history of the Boulder Bridge of Rock Creek Park, designed by Captain Lansing H. Beach and constructed in 1902. Learn about its designer, Major General Beach, and the Melan method of construction used for the span.
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