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1890s streetcar in DC

Highly Detailed 1890 Photo of D.C. Streetcar

You have to see the details in this image. Click on it for more to see what a D.C. streetcar looked like well over 100 years ago. Source: Library of Congress
Street railways of the District of Columbia with proposed extensions : to accompany communication of March 20, 1912.

Streetcar System Map and Proposed Extensions in 1912

This is a map of the Washington streetcar system from 1912, definitely something that our friends at Greater Greater Washington will love. Make sure you click on this for a larger, detailed version. Source: Library of...

Amazing 1950s Film Footage of D.C. Streetcars

This is some awesome footage of the old streetcar system here in D.C. from the 1950s. What’s really great is seeing some recognizable spots in the city, like the Dupont Underground, East Capitol St., and of...

Photos of 1940s D.C. Streetcar Life

With all the buzz about whether the H Street streetcar will happen or not, we thought it would be a great idea to share some images of what streetcar living was like back in the middle...
streetcars in front of Union Station

Streetcars in Front of Union Station

This is an old photo of Union Station around 1920, with two streetcars sitting in front. Source: Library of Congress
Horse car in Washington, D.C. at Wisconsin and O St. NW (1889)

White House Gardener Run Over by Cursed Streetcar in Tennallytown

Here is a crazy story from Tennallytown that we found in The Washington Post, printed on November 8th, 1896. A serious accident happened at Tennallytown about 7 o’clock yesterday evening. Car No. 9, of the Georgetown and...
1947 Washington, D.C.

1947 View of the Capitol

We love streetcars and old photos of the Capitol Building. Here’s one from 1947. Source: Jalopy Journal

Awesome 1880 Map of Washington Streetcars

This one is awesome. Check out the old map of the Washington streetcars from 1880. Source: Library of Congress
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More 1950s Footage of D.C. Streetcars

Here’s another great video of the old D.C. streetcar system.
82 streetcar line

Excellent 1950s Video of 82 Streetcar Line

This is some really cool old footage. It shows the 82 streetcar line running from Eckington, heading through northeast, up to Mount Rainier, Hyattsville, Riverdale Park, and College Park. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpFCFILDOxs It’s really long, but well worth...
This U.S. mail streetcar, owned and operated by the Capital Traction Company, was used to process and transport mail in Washington, DC.

Capital Traction Company U.S. Mail Streetcar

Can anyone identify the location of this photo? It was taken in 1900, showing a United States mail car. Source: Smithsonian By the way, you should check out this awesome old film of a mail streetcar...
streetcars on New York Ave. (Library of Congress)

Streetcars at 15th and New York Avenue

We love these old photos. This one shows streetcars waiting at 15th and New York Ave. NW, near the White House and Department of Treasury.
1936 streetcar map

New 1936 Streetcar Map

Look at this great route map we uncovered from 1936. This shows the major streetcar routes in 1936.
Clayton Morgan, Jr.

Stolen Streetcar Taken on Joy Ride

What an awesome headline … we have to share this one with GoDCers. On October 28th, 1957, the Washington Post reported on a bizarre incident, where a man took a streetcar for an illegal joyride on...
Walter Reed wreck

One Killed, 18 Injured in Walter Reed Streetcar Wreck

On October 13th, 1919, an out-of-control streetcar was traveling down Georgia Ave. NW, near Walter Reed, when it slammed into a military truck, instantly killing one passenger on the truck and injuring countless others. Below is...
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Street scene, Pennsylvania Avenue." Here we see the tower of the Old Post Office as well as a number of vanished Washington landmarks including the Parker Bridget department store.

Pennsylvania Avenue, Frozen in Time (1919)

What an amazing shot of Pennsylvania Avenue from 1919. This captures much what is happening in the old video we posted from about a decade earlier. UPDATE: We received a great tip and link from GoDCer...
Pennsylvania Ave. film footage

Rare Film Footage of Pennsylvania Avenue in 1909

This is one of our best GoDCer contributions yet. Tom from Bethesda sent this over to share with everyone else. This was taken on Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 10th and 11th St. Watch the whole thing...
streetcar entering Dupont Underground near end of construction in 1949 (theatlanticcities.com)

Dupont Circle Closed For One Year on Monday (1948)

I took a tour of the Dupont Underground yesterday, and I have to say, it’s amazing. It’s like to step back into 1955. If you haven’t done it, you really should. You may or may not...
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