When the printing off was placed in Swampoodle, the neighborhood was then on the far outskirts of the city in those days. It was a desperately poor place. When rail car filled with freight leaving the nearby Baltimore & Ohio rail yard crashed in 1861 and spilled molasses from one car, women and children from the neighborhood converged on the site with buckets to scoop up the food.
The first printing office at H Street NW
The building in 1895
View of Swampoodle in 1909