Rock Creek Park

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...
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...
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.

Topographical Sketch of Rock Creek Park (1866)

This is a beautiful topographical map of the area that would become Rock Creek Park. The map was done in 1866 in compliance with a Senate Resolution of July 18th, 1866.
Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1926. "Hot weather, Rock Creek Park." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Nighttime Snoozing in Rock Creek Park

A heat wave in 1926 was unbearable and some folks took to the cooler confines of Rock Creek for some respite. Below is a photo (probably staged) of three Washingtonians attempting to escape the brutal D.C....
Teddy Roosevelt on horseback (History.com)

Teddy Roosevelt Whips Young Lady Passing Him on Horseback

Now, I will quickly caveat this as being unconfirmed, but I am merely surfacing an interesting old story from the Baltimore Sun. This was printed on May 13th, 1912. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SUN–Sir: Sometime...
Alligators in their enclosure in the original Animal House, also known as the Carnivora House, which opened in 1892 and was the first permanent building at the National Zoological Park. The alligators are housed in the "temporary" wooden wing of the structure (Smithsonian)

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...
Franklin MacVeagh in 1909 (Wikipedia)

All Ideas of Beauty and Order Are Forgotten in the Suburbs

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...
Bridge suicides headline

Three Bridge Suicides in 24 Hours

I came across a sad and shocking article in the Washington Post from Saturday, July 20th, 1946. Three men jumped to their deaths off of three bridges in Washington. On Thursday, Samuel Hall, a Pullman porter...
Capital Beltway

What Is The History of the Capital Beltway?

Love it. Hate it. It has some of the most confusing terminology for out-of-towners. Inner loop of what? Outer loop? But there’s only one Beltway. Wait, I’m on 495, but also 95, and that’s 295? That’s...
Farragut Square circa 1881 (maritimequest.com)

Three Random Stories About Farragut Square

What is the history of Farragut Square in Washington, DC? Read three great stories from its past.

Cooling Off in Rock Creek

Here’s a photo of some kids having fun cooling off in Rock Creek. The photo is from July 28th, 1921 via Shorpy. These kids look like they’re having an awesome time and I’m guessing is one...
Rock Creek Park stone bridge - Beach Drive

Then and Now: Boulder Bridge, Rock Creek Park … and Meet Lansing H. Beach

If you’ve spent any time in Rock Creek Park, you have seen or crossed over this bridge. Below is a little history on it from a plan documenting the structure in 1995. And to the right...
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