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Lost Capitol Hill: Back Rooms and Shady Deals

January 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Capitol Hill

I have recently looked at some of the aspects of Prohibition on the Hill, looking at the raids of 1931, as well as the production of liquor here. That still leaves one important aspect of the alcohol trade unexplained: The sale thereof. Most was, of course, sold under the counter at establishments that sold “near […]

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Lost Capitol Hill: Thomas Law

September 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Capitol Hill

You’ve all heard the joke: How do you make a small fortune in the [art/wine/horse] business? Start with a large one. Well, add another one to that: The early real estate business on Capitol Hill. No one better exemplifies this than Thomas Law, who arrived here in 1795 with a large fortune — and ended […]

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Lost Capitol Hill: Thomas Law’s Ten Buildings

September 4th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Capitol Hill

Finding a house in D.C. by its address is, today, a trivial operation. The numbers match-up with the streets, and thus make navigation child’s play. It was not always this easy. For the first 50-or-so years, D.C. had no street numbers. Addresses were given as “n side Ls btw 7 & 8e,” leaving it up […]

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Lost Capitol Hill: The Plaque at Providence Park

February 20th, 2012 · 6 Comments · Capitol Hill

One of the ways I try to keep my tour groups’ eyes open is to have them search for something in a monument or memorial we are visiting. My personal favorite is the – repaired — error on the engraving of the Second Inaugural Address of the Lincoln Memorial, which can see in the picture […]

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Lost Capitol Hill: John Wilkes Booth on the Hill

January 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Capitol Hill

At the end of last week, I was sent an edited copy of the scandal book, with a number of questions and statements needing clarification. Most of them were quite simple, but one took me a couple of hours. And although there was, in the end, little need to change any words, I did discover […]

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