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District of Columbia’s first 4th of July – 1801

District of Columbia’s first 4th of July – 1801

BY Matthew B. Gilmore

https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/district-of-columbias-first-4th-of-july-1801/

The July 4th holiday has not always been recognized as a national holiday (only since 1870) but observations began in the District of Columbia since its earliest days.

Washington’s first bicycle craze — ‘Cycling in the 1880s and 1890s

Washington’s first bicycle craze — ‘Cycling in the 1880s and 1890s

A daredevil bicyclist riding his enormous two-wheeler down the Capitol’s House-side east front steps — it’s a famous image everyone recognizes. Any work even casually mentioning bicycles in Washington will refer to it; it’s been on the cover of books about Washington, but there’s much more to the story — of the photograph itself, of the event, of the 1890s bicycle craze in Washington it represented.

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