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
19 Aug 2019

Street Justice: DC’s 16th Road Death in 2019

Gordon Chaffin is a freelance journalist who focuses on infrastructure and traffic news and insights for Street Justice. You can support independent journalism by subscribing to Gordon’s Street Justice newsletter: He’s offering a 20% discount to THIH readers. See more information below. –Maria Helena Carey Pedestrian Dead Wednesday is 16th of 2019 in DC A driver killed Jascha Wilson, a pedestrian walking across North Capitol NW at 9:50 PM on Tuesday night. He was crossing North Capitol in […]

19 Aug 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: What Hath God Wrought?

At 8:45 AM on Friday, May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse sat down at a telegraph key set up in the Supreme Court room in the Capitol, just around the corner from where he had done his test just a little over a year earlier. He pressed the key briefly. Forty-four miles away, a dot appeared […]

12 Aug 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Telegraphing the Capitol

In early 1843, Samuel Morse had been given $30,000 to put his experiments in long-distance communication into practical use. His idea was to connect two cities in the United States with his wires, and allow messages to travel back and forth instantaneously. And what better pair than Washington D.C. and Baltimore? Separated by only some […]

05 Aug 2019

Lost Capitol Hill: Telegraphs in the Capitol

When we last looked at Samuel Morse and his telegraph, he had failed to procure support from Congress and had decamped to Europe to sell his invention there. This failed, as well, and so he returned to the US. In the middle of 1842, the newspapers reported that he was back to demonstrating his invention, […]

02 Aug 2019
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