Ghosts of DC

REO Speedwagon Wasn’t Just a Band

REO Speedwagon Wasn’t Just a Band cc @kcreospeedwagon

I never thought about looking into the origin of REO Speedwagon’s band name, but alas, coming across this old advertisement in The Washington Post from November 1919 answered the question that I never asked. And now, you have some great trivia to impress your friends when you’ve had a few too many beers next weekend.

REO Speed Wagon advertisement

REO Speed Wagon advertisement

So the band was named after this old automobile,…

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Engravings of President’s House and Capitol After Burning of Washington

Engravings of President’s House and Capitol After Burning of Washington via @samedelstein

Below are two amazing engravings of the President’s House and the Capitol Building following the Burning of Washington on August 24, 1814. The engravings were done by William Strickland. The British marched on Washington and attacked the city, but were ordered to only attack public buildings. After their attack, a tornado tore through Washington, bringing rains that helped stop the fires and…

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What Did 14th and F Look Like in 1903?

What Did 14th and F Look Like in 1903? cc @thehamiltondc

Now this is an incredible photograph of 14th and F Street in 1903. The big, ornate building is the old Ebbitt House. You’re looking straight at it, with F St. heading to the left and 14th St. heading down to the right. We posted a few other great photos of the same building a while ago, here and here.

Ebbitt House in 1903

Ebbitt House in 1903

Source: Library of Congress

Take a look at the map below for some reference…

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Nationals Ballpark Destroyed by Fire Three Week Before Opening Day

Nationals Ballpark Destroyed by Fire Three Week Before Opening Day cc @FightinHydrant @federalbseball

Nationals Park in 1905 - Nationals vs. Athletics

Nationals Park in 1905 – Nationals vs. Athletics

GoDCer Rych sent in a couple great photos which piqued our interest in the fire that destroyed our old ballpark. No, not Griffith Stadium (where was the stadium and what did it look like like?), but the one before that.

The year was 1911 and the Washington Nationals(aka, Senators) were coming off a sad seventh place finish in the American League.…

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Vote in the Barracks Row If Walls Could Talk Battle

Vote in the Barracks Row If Walls Could Talk Battle

Drink Coca Cola, It's Refreshing

Drink Coca Cola, It’s Refreshing

Source: Flickr user Kevin Harper

Get out the vote for your favorite Capitol Hill establishment! We’re rolling out a localized edition of our “If Walls Could Talk” campaign. Take your pick of the three local businesses and cast your vote via Twitter, (using the links below) Facebook (click here to comment), or use the comments below.

District Doughnut: 749 8th St.…

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