Along the way the book introduces a host of memorable characters:
Readers will also find out how a hurricane saved the city in 1812, how a demonstration of the world’s largest naval gun nearly killed the president, and about the tree at Washington Cathedral whose origins trace back to the Holy Land at the time of Joseph of Arimathea.
With Strange and Obscure Stories of Washington, DC in hand, the city will never seem the same again.
SubtitleLittle-Known Tales about Our Nations Capital
AuthorBy Tim Rowland
Published20 March 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Tim Rowland is a New York Times–bestselling author and humor columnist for Herald-Mail Media in Hagerstown, Maryland. He is the creator of the Strange and Obscure Stories series and has written extensively on history, the outdoors and the environment for a broad range of newspapers and magazines.
"Once again, with several other topics, Tim Rowland has gathered entertaining stories, this time about our nation’s capital. Ranging from the obscure to the outrageous, Tim’s research skills and his gracious witty writing will delight and amuse all readers. I highly recommend it!"—Dr. Tom Clemens, President, Save Historic Antietam Foundation
"Legend says that Washington was built on a swamp, but the capital city’s real muck and mire are found in some of the characters of its history, from sleazy Federalist-era developer James Greenleaf, to Mary Ann Hall, whose opulent bordello catered to the highest of Washington society, to Orville Babcock, the brilliant military engineer who later proved to be an even more brilliant engineer of corruption. Tim Rowland tells their stories and many more, including those of some not-so-well-known Washingtonians who avoided the muck and should be remembered with admiration."—Thomas Firey, editor, Cato’s Regulation Magazine
All of America—and probably all of the world—knows that Washington is strange. But Strange and Obscure Stories of Washington, D.C. is my kind of strange – funny, illuminating tales that tell a lot about the city's history and how, physically and psychically, this crazy, ridiculous city got to be the way it is."—Josh Kurtz, founder of Maryland Matters, Maryland’s premier political news site