This week for Now and a Long Time Ago, GM heads down to the waterfront and digs up the story of the great flood of 1918.
This is a story GM covered before. The Post reported on February 19, 1918:
30,000 Throng Aqueduct Bridge and Neighboring Roads to Witness Wreckage Left By Weeks’ Flood
Everybody nearly was out on the Aqueduct bridge yesterday…watching the ice in the Potomac go by. There were close to 30,000 of them during the height of the ruch witnessing and commenting on the greatest flood the Capital has seen since 1889…A young woman stood on the bridge. She was filled with poetry by the maelstrom which whirled beneath her feet. She grasped her escort by the arm “Ain’t it wonderful what nature can do?” she breathed.
The only boathouse that appears in the old shot that has survived in the green Washington Canoe Club you can see square in the middle of the new shot.
Another item in the old shot that catches GM’s eye is the block of rowhouses on Canal at the bottom of the hill. Nowadays that’s just a hillside of trees.