Once There Was a Creek

Here are some early maps of the area, scaled and aligned for comparitive viewing.

This page allows you to examine old maps against modern satellite images, to see where the creek and canal lay with respect to current terrain. The 1873 sewer network is also of note.

Goose Creek once flowed through the land later known as the District of Columbia. When this was designated the capital of the new nation, the creek was renamed Tiber Creek, in reference to the river flowing through Rome.

Tiber Creek Washington City Canal View of canal, looking west DC stormwater and sewage pipes, late 1800's

Watch a Video reconstruction of historical development of the DC area, from isolated houses to dense urban landscape, showing landfill, underground water channels and the modifications being proposed on this website.

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