Robert Pohl

Robert Pohl worked for many years as a computer programmer but recovered from that and became a full time stay-at-home dad. With his son now in school, he has expanded his horizons and become a self-taught historian. He has written books about his house as well as Emancipation in the District of Columbia. You can reach Robert at Robert[at]

Robert Pohl
29 Jun 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: A New Senate Subway

I have looked at the original two systems that sped senators between their offices and the Capitol over the last two weeks. The monorail, which was not universally beloved, managed to remain in use for 40 years. In the end, it was not the noise that caused its demise, but the extension of the Senate […]

22 Jun 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: The Senate Monorail

I wrote last week about the cars that used to traverse the tunnel under Constitution Avenue that connected the Senate Office Building and the Capitol. The system had not really been the first choice of the Senators, but had been selected to save money. Unsurprisingly, there soon was a push for a new transportation system. […]

15 Jun 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: Senate Cars

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a newlywed couple who spent their honeymoon taking the car that shuttled senators between their office building and the Capitol back and forth 15 times. I wanted to add a link to an article that I had written about this mode of transportation, only to realize that I […]

08 Jun 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: Climbing the Dome

While looking through the many times that newlyweds were sighted in the Capitol, I came across several times when they were privy to some extraordinary occurrence. The most remarkable of these happened on May 7, 1913, when visitors – including newlyweds – observed someone who was climbing the outside of the Capitol dome. The human […]

01 Jun 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: Marrying in the Capitol

In researching the story of newlyweds in Washington, I also came across indications of actual weddings performed in the Capitol itself. This was a fairly rare occurrence. Much more frequent, at least in the early 20th century, was seeing young couples coming to the Capitol in hopes of getting their marriage licenses there. In fact, […]

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