A short, photo-rich history of the Brookland neighborhood in Washington DC.
The intersection of 18th and Monroe Streets in 1928 was a bustling area with a major gas station and loads of food stores.
In 1967, the city began to demolish the Taylor Street Bridge to make way for the North Central Freeway. It was part of a Congressional plan for new highways through the city. Protests erupted and would challenge powerful forces for control of the city’s future.
Events during the tenure of Jehiel Brooks as Indian Agent on Red River, 1830-1834. He dealt with illicit trading, interlopers, and alcoholism, while trying to convince the Caddo to sell their land to the U.S.
The story of Jehiel Brooks, for whom the neighborhood of Brookland was named. The first part follows him from birth in 1797 to his selection as Red River Indian Agent in 1830.
Brookland once had a bowling alley with 28 lanes. The Brookland Recreation Center may not have survived, but at least the Art Deco building did.
Turning an industrial site into a public park in the early 1900s.
With a new reservoir in place, it was time to build a filtration plant to clean the water. It would be the largest ever constructed.
The story of the Washington Aqueduct that brought water into the city, and the ill-fated Lydecker tunnel.
Little Isabel Wall was kicked out of the Brookland School in 1909. Whether she was white or black was a question that roiled the neighborhood.