Old Georgetown in Color: the Great Flood

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This week in Old Georgetown in Color, GM returns to another old photo he’s shown before. It’s a photo of the Potomac waterfront after a flood. The photo at the Library of Congress merely says “Potomac flood, Georgetown, D.C.” [created between 1909 and 1923].

GM thinks, however, that this flood was from Feb. 1918. Check out this excerpt from a Washington Post article from 2/19/1918:

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.

Ain’t it?



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3 responses to “Old Georgetown in Color: the Great Flood

  1. Kate Whitmore

    Does anyone know where the photo was taken? Near the present Key Bridge site? Can that be the Analostan (now Roosevelt Island) in the distance?

  2. Topher

    I think this is K St./Water St. and the buildings in the distance are just the buildings that once lined the waterfront.

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