D.C., Back in the Day

We've come a long way, D.C.

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View of the Washington Monument, under construction, and the Department of Agriculture, taken from atop the Smithsonian Castle.
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The U.S. Capitol building lit up following the 1918 armistice that ended World War I.
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White House staff remove snow from the front driveway.
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Pauline the cow, President William Howard Taft's pet, grazing on the south lawn of the White House. She supplied the Taft family with fresh milk daily.
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Shoveled sidewalks after a snowstorm in 1899.
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The Easter egg roll on the lawn of the White House, circa 1905.
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The Surratt house at 604 H Street, NW, in 1901. Mary Surratt ran this boarding house in 1865 where John Wilkes Booth was alleged to have met with co-conspirators to plan President Lincoln’s assassination. The Wok and Roll restaurant is now located in the house in the heart of Washington’s Chinatown.
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Exterior view of Ford's Theatre at 511 10th Street NW. Best known as the location of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, the building was originally made as a place of worship.
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A view of Georgetown University and the boathouse taken from the Aqueduct Bridge.
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Two people hang out in the branches of a tree in Van Ness park about 1880.
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Eastern Market, Seventh and C Streets SE, circa 1910.
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A view of the Mall from St. Elizabeth's Hospital.
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Street vendors at 7th and B Streets NW, circa 1880.
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A fountain outside the east entrance to the White House.
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A view from Thomas Circle looking north, circa 1900.
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Built in 1881 for Senator James Blaine, the house was one of the first mansions built around Dupont Circle and is only one of two still standing today. In 1901, it became the house of George Westinghouse and he lived there until his death in 1914. Today the home provides a historic setting for several local law firms.
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A view from inside the Library of Congress (Jefferson Building).
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A view of a street in Alexandria, Va., circa 1900.
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The Washington Post Building at 1337 E Street.
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Also known as the Northern Liberty Market, the Convention Hall was the chief competitor of Center Market and was built in 1874. Located on the east side of 5th Street, NW, between K and L Streets, the market was designed by James H. McGill and provided 284 vending stalls. City Vista condominiums are on the site today.
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A boat being towed along the C&O Canal.
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Churchill Hotel on Connecticut Ave., NW.
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A view of World War I graves at Arlington National Cemetery, with radio towers in the background.
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The Washington Star building at 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue. It was part of Washington's "newspaper row." The Washington Star ceased publication in 1981.
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An aerial view of the Library of Congress, the U.S. Capitol and the House of Representatives, Canon Office Building.
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The Francis Scott Key mansion on Georgetown. Despite local efforts to save the building, it was razed in 1948 to make way for a ramp connecting the Whitehurst Freeway to the Key Bridge.
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A view of the Department of Agriculture, the Smithsonian Castle and the U.S. Capitol taken from atop the Washington Monument.
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Looking down Connecticut Avenue over the Taft Bridge.
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Old Center Market, south side of Pennsylvania Ave., between 7th and 9th Streets NW, circa 1910.
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Corner of V Street SE and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.
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The Old Capitol Prison building at 1st and A Streets, NE. Image taken circa 1865.
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Located at H and 15th Streets, NW, the Shoreham Hotel was built in 1887 and quickly became a fashionable apartment hotel for members of Congress. It was razed in 1974 to make way for an office building.
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A statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of the DC City Hall, now the DC Superior Court. The 1868 statue by Lot Flannery is the oldest memorial to Lincoln in the nation.
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Taft Bridge, which spans Rock Creek Park, was opened in 1907. At the time, it was the largest concrete bridge in the world.
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A view of the old Dept. of Agriculture building on the National Mall between 12th and 14th Streets SW, circa 1930.
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Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, near 15th Street looking east towards the U.S. Capitol, the New Willard Hotel and the adjoining Occidental Restaurant on the north side, with vintage cars parked along the lawn south of the Treasury Building. Circa 1920.
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A view of the Smithsonian Castle, circa 1900.
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The Henderson Castle, built in 1888 for Sen. John Brooks Henderson, stood at the intersection of Florida Ave. and 16 Street, NW until it was razed in 1949. Only the great stone entrance gates survived the wrecking ball.
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A man looks at the Confederate Monument on Washington Street in Alexandria, Va., circa 1920.
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The Palo Alto Hotel and Saloon in Bladensburg, Md., shot on Sept. 19, 1899.
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View of the interior courtyard of the Carlyle House in Alexandria, Va., the site where George Washington recieved his first military commission. Ca. 1900.
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The new conservatory and the U.S. Capitol. The Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences first suggested the creation of the U.S. Botanic Garden in 1816.
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Exterior view of the American Red Cross building on 17th Street NW betwen D and E Streets NW, circa 1920.
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Peirce Mill, a water powered grist mill in Rock Creek Park, was built in the 1820s by Isaac Peirce. Today it is the last mill still standing in the District.
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