Does anyone know if this still exists? The photo below was taken in June of 1940.
We’re back to a few days of cold, nasty weather. This seems like a good time to think back to the gorgeous weekend we just had, and talk about cherry blossoms.
In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, gave about 3,000 flowering cherry trees to Washington, DC as a sign of friendship. On March 27, 1912 First Lady Helen Herron Taft, wife of President William Taft, planted the first two trees with the mayor of Tokyo’s wife. To the right, you can read the first page of the letter detailing the gift. Find the rest of the handwritten letter here. The Library of Congress does a great job detailing the history of the flowering cherry trees here and here. Though peak cherry blossom season has come to an end, the National Cherry Blossom Festival continues with events throughout the month. By the way, if you were trying to see the iconic trees at the Tidal Basin this weekend, you might have noticed how busy it was. For future reference, DCist compiles a nice list of other places in DC to find flowering cherry trees away from the tourist masses! Now for some pictures of the cherry blossoms in fullbloom!Japan Donates Cherry Trees to DC We’re back to a few days of cold, nasty weather. This seems like a good time to think back to the gorgeous weekend we just had, and talk about cherry blossoms.
Murder Bay in 1855 (Smithsonian)
Buzzard’s Roost, Ryder’s Castle, Zig-Zag Alley, and the Barracks are all old neighborhoods which were shanties of dirt and filth. We wrote about the rough-and-tumble lost neighborhood of Murder Bay, and the equally squalid Hell’s Bottom a while back.
December 12th, 1893
We came across an old article from December 12th, 1893 in The Washington Post, detailing the…
So here is a headline you certainly won’t see every day, and you certainly wouldn’t see something like this in the 1980s. In the Cold War edition of Ghosts of DC, here’s a cool article that we came across in The Washington Post. This was the first time an official of the Soviet Union testified before a House committee, by Vitaliy Churkin, in an attempt to be transparent after the…
The car culture of America was in full force through the 1950s and 1960s. Sadly, many beautiful cities and neighborhoods were ruined as a result of this push to get rid of streetcars, build up highway infrastructure and cut major thoroughfares through cities.
proposed tunnel system in Washington
We found a really interesting article in The Washington Postfrom, printed almost 50 years ago, on May…
GoDCer Andy has an amazing collection of D.C. imagery in his Flickr collection. You should definitely check it out.
This week celebrates the 152nd anniversary of the D.C. Emancipation Act, which ended slavery in the District of Columbia and came eight months before President Abraham Lincoln wrote and delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. It ultimately freed almost 3,000 slaves in Washington.
Now, and most years, there is a parade to go along with other events, to celebrate the anniversary.
Below is the…
This is a view of Meridian Hill Park, back when it was pretty rough. It was once a beautiful and amazing park, and now it’s getting back to being a great place to spend some time on sunny weekends.
Meridian Hill Park in 1976
Source: Library of Congress