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Map of the Week Vol. 9 – Rand, McNally & Co.’s D.C., 1903

by Prince Of Petworth April 2, 2013 at 11:00 am 13 Comments


Click map to enlarge.  Source: David Rumsey Map Collection

Map of the Week is written by David A., a systems librarian and map geek living in Mt. Pleasant. David previously wrote about the 1890 Real estate map of the B&O Railroad Company between DC and Rockville.

This week’s map comes from a 1903 Rand McNally atlas. By 1903, the city begins to look very familiar, though many of today’s roads do not yet appear. Rhode Island and New York Avenues stop far short of the DC border, though Rhode Island’s proposed extension appears. Notable points of interest include the Ivy City Race Track, Lover’s Lane and Analostan Island. The race track was part of the old National Fair Grounds, and it was one of many tracks built in DC in the 19th century. Lover’s Lane still bisects Dumbarton Oaks and Montrose Park north of Georgetown, and you can find it on Google Maps. Analostan Island would later be renamed for Theodore Roosevelt, the sitting president at the time of this map’s publication.

  • Phoebe

    I love this one. Looks like there used to be a neighborhood called Metropolis View.

  • Super interesting! I keep looking to find when my neighborhood gets developed; I’m in the corridor between 14th & Georgia, just north of Spring Rd. Looks like just land there in 1903.

    • ET

      Likely not until the teens and twenties – there was A LOT of development in DC in those years.

    • Me too! On Randolph between 13th and 14th and am incorporating the history of the neighborhood in a mural my friend is going to fill my dining room with.

    • Brian Kraft

      The 14th Street streetcar line was extended from Park Road to the (now) Bus Barn in 1907. There was an explosion of development in that corridor beginning then.

  • jch

    Love they have the ivy city race track.

    Also, one of the names prior to Gallaudet was Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, which seems to be a little harsh.

  • Wow — there was a traffic circle at 16th, U St. & NH Ave.?

  • Anonymous

    Some things still look conceptual. 16th Street above Columbia clearly appears to reflect actual streets as well as some lines placed where (presumably) another major artery was going to be placed.

  • Anonymous

    was stronghold originally part of bloomingdale?

  • Rob

    Interesting, looks like that Mount Pleasant St use to be 16th St before it was extended farther North.

  • bb

    I love that there was a Fish Commission and that it was located on the Mall.

    • Anonymous

      Were there Fish Police?


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