6. The Historical Boundaries of Washington D.C. (and other trivia)

A survey party placed stones one mile apart to mark the boundary of the District of Columbia in 1791. In 1916 the Daughters of the American Revolution put up fencing to preserve the remaining stones and took their photographs.

North boundry stone near Silver Spring, Maryland

Southern cornerstone at Jones Point, Virginia

Eastern Boundary Stone

Read more about the Boundary Stones of the District of Columbia.

These images are part of a set of lantern slides held by D.C. Public Library. They were purchased in 1944, a collection of 1800+ lantern slides and glass plate negatives purchased from photographer E.B. Thompson for $1,000. Two hundred and thirty of them are available in this Flickr Commons photo set. The collection has many interesting historical photos of the goings on in the US Capitol including Pauline, a pet of President Taft, grazing on the White House lawn.


An image of Marguerite Cassini and one of Alice Roosevelt, a pair of women whose friendship was said to have “all the violence of a bomb.”

Portrait of Countess Cassini
Alice Roosevelt and Nicholas Longworth

And this likely-composite photo showing President McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt, the vice president who became president after McKinley’s assassination.

William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt