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Proposed D.C. subway system

Proposed D.C. Subway During World War II

Between 1930 and 1950, the population of Washington expanded incredibly. The crush of people needed a way to get to work, and though a...
Photo of Metro Center in 1973

What Did Metro Center Look Like Under Construction in 1973?

Check out this great set of photos from 1973, showing construction of Metro Center underground. Also, don't miss these other great old Metro photos showing Dupont...
proposed underground streetcar system - 1912

Original Subway Planned for Downtown D.C. in 1912

Much to our surprise, when doing some research on Metro and subway history in our city, we came across and article printed in The Washington...

Map of Metro Done in Braille

This is a map of Metro done with braille. I'm not sure what the date it on this, but since the Red Line stops...
proposed Metro map in 1966

Unrealized Vision for Metro in 1966

As with any massive public project, Metro was full of contentious debates and heated arguments. Ultimately, we know where we ended up, but back...
Nov 1982 | Crews work to complete the building of the tunnel near Forest Glen Station.

Vintage Washington Metro Construction Photos

How cool are these? We stumbled across them on Metro's Facebook page. Tunnel near Forest Glen

Brookland Waits for the Metro

Are you a long-time resident of Brookland? If so, you might remember the time when Metro just arrived. Or, like the article below, was...

Never Built: Metro’s Bridge Over Rock Creek

In these 1966 drawings, train cars roll below the surface of Connecticut Avenue -- but above Rock Creek. Holes have been cut through the...
Dupont Circle metro

Photo of Dupont Circle Metro Under Construction

Unfortunately, I didn't find a larger version of this image, but it's still pretty cool to see. Source: Rare Vintage Photos of Washington, D.C.
Kennedy Center from the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.

Proposed Kennedy Center Metro Stop Too Expensive

Interesting. Imagine if the Kennedy Center had its own Metro station. The walk from Foggy Bottom is kind of a pain in the ass....

OMG! Retro Metro … This Informercial is Amazing

This. Is. Awesome. Thanks to GoDCer Harrison for sharing this. We first came across it on InTheCapital. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io6OIDwQiaA Is this the best 70s video or what?
downtown Washington at F St. in 1942

D.C. Subway is Predicted in 1941

Here is a fascinating article we dug up in the Washington Post from April 8th, 1941. At the time, only Boston, New York and...
initial map of the Washington Metro system (Washington Post)

Free Rides on Washington Metro’s Opening Day

Two hundred years after the Declaration of Independence, Washington, D.C. was getting ready to inaugurate its own underground public transit system, the new Washington...
Metro Center today

1969 Vision of Metro Center

Well over 30,000 passengers pass through Metro Center every single day, and upwards of 9.7 million do each year. It is the hub of...

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