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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 park. Source: Library of...
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 in 1912.
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 crossed by riders on...
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, including a community picnic...
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 was to better unite...
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 the nature sanctuary in...
Ghost Dog visits the Duke Ellington Bridge

Ghost Dog Fetches Three Stories About the Duke Ellington Bridge

Ghost Dog went on another walk this past weekend to seek out three more stories for the GoDC community. This time, she passed through Adams Morgan, en route to the Duke Ellington Bridge (formerly known as the Calvert Street Bridge)....
Topographical sketch of the environs of Washington, D.C. : (survey of locality for public park & site for a presidential mansion) / to accompany report of N. Michler, Major of Eng'rs, Bvt. Brig. Gen'l U.S.A.

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” …...