31 Jul 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: Pipetown Sandy pt. 2

Last week, we looked at John Philip Sousa’s novel Pipetown Sandy and how it may well have been based on Sousa’s actual experiences. Today, we’ll look a little more at the geography of the book, and the central importance of the Anacostia River in its pages. Sandy Coggles’s Pipetown is pretty clearly not the actual Pipetown. […]

05 Jun 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: The Devil’s Elbow

When researching Hill history, I often come across names for geographical features that are no longer in use, such as Garrison Street or Navy Yard Hill or Carroll’s Spring Today, I’ll look at a more sinister name once belonging to a landmark which – like Carroll’s Spring– no longer exists. The Anacostia River today is fairly benign, swinging […]

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