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
02 Aug 2021


Lost Capitol Hill: Tubbing in the Capitol, pt. 2

Last week, we looked at the original tubs in the subbasement of the Capitol, as well as their replacements in the basement level. Sadly, much of that information is based on conjecture, as the newsmen of the time do not seem to have spent any time investigating the hygienic habits of members of Congress in […]

28 Jul 2021
26 Jul 2021


Lost Capitol Hill: Tubbing in the Capitol, pt. 1

Every couple of years, an intrepid Capitol reporter finds themselves down in the subbasement of said building and rediscovers the marble tubs that have been there for some 150 years. They are indeed a relic of an earlier era, from a time when congressmen used the Capitol not only for working, but fighting, smoking, chewing […]

25 Jul 2021


From the MPD Blotter

Arrests and other crime information in the area, directly from MPD. If you have a tip, you can always call 202-727-9099. You can also send info anonymously to the TEXT TIP LINE by texting 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment […]

19 Jul 2021


Lost Capitol Hill: Vapor Baths in the Capitol

I have previously written about how the Capitol was used (and abused) for private enterprise. However, discovering that an entrepreneur had set up shop in the sub-basement to give Congressmembers (and others) vapor baths surprised me a bit. Boyd Reilly was born in the early 1780s in Ireland. He came to the United States as […]

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