Murder Bay, Hell's Bottom, and other Long-Gone D.C. Neighborhoods

West End Library

Murder Bay, Hell's Bottom, and other Long-Gone D.C. Neighborhoods

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Take a breather from the luxury-studio-filled D.C. of today, and travel back in time to Washington of the 1800s, when crime was rampant, gangs ruled the streets, and centers of vice and prostitution flourished within sight of the White House.

In this class, you’ll learn how places like Federal Triangle, Logan Circle, and Navy Yard used to be scenes of seediness with names like Murder Bay, Hell’s Bottom, and Bloodfield. We’ll read first-hand accounts of life in 19th-century D.C., from stories about beat police to the tale of the city’s only female lamplighter. Along the way, we’ll talk about what it is that really makes a neighborhood. Come ready for lively discussion!

Instructor Allison Arlotta grew up in Takoma Park, and no matter how many times she tries to leave the D.C. area, it keeps sucking her back in. She works at George Washington University, but secretly wishes she could join the circus. Hobbies include yelling at the TV, flying trapeze, and shedding a tear when old buildings are demolished.

This class requires pre-registration.  Please visit our partner at Knowledge Commons to sign up.