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Lost Capitol Hill: Lt. Col. Franklin Wharton’s Wharf

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol Hill

When researching various parts of the Hill, the most interesting part is when some intriguing character becomes involved in the story. Often, they make for better stories than the actual landmark under scrutiny. This certainly goes for Lieutenant Colonel Franklin Wharton, who is far more interesting than the wharf that he owned briefly around the […]

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Lost Capitol Hill: A Tour of Congressional Cemetery

May 19th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol Hill

It’s almost 11:00 on Sunday night, which means that my column for tomorrow should be showing signs of completion by now. Or, at least, some research. Or maybe even a topic. Sadly, none of the above is true right now. It’s been a busy weekend. So, instead, I will tell you about something which will […]

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Lost Capitol Hill: The First Eastern Branch Bridge

May 12th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol Hill

I recently wrote about the Wheeler Ferry and its importance in getting people across the Anacostia in the days before the federal government moved to Washington. I also mentioned the bridge that replaced it, but not its eventual demise – or the role it played during the burning of Washington 200 years ago.

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Lost Capitol Hill: The Wheeler Ferry

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol Hill

I have previously written about the bridges that cross the Anacostia River, but long before these were built, there were other ways of crossing the river. Today we will look at one method that had considerable importance in the early years of the District of Columbia.

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Lost Capitol Hill: McDowell’s Grain Elevator

April 7th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol Hill

Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed a building in the background of last week’s column. No, not the Capitol: The building marked “McDowell & Sons Steam Elevator Grain and Linseed Meal.” Yes, there used to be a feed warehouse a few blocks from the Capitol. Today, we’ll look at the story of this unlikely business.

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