So Where Did D.C. Get Its Street Names?


Lamppost with Kalorama Road street sign (c. 1910-20). General Photograph Collection (CHS 14430), Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Most of Washington’s streets are named with the well-known alpha-numeric system with diagonal avenues named for states. But what about the street names outside the alphabetic grid? Where did they get their names?

The Historical Society answers your question in the Washington City Paper‘s Answer Issue. Learn about D.C.’s street names and other often-asked questions about Washington!

And how about those resources we mentioned in the article? Well, you’re in luck! They’re linked below: