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DC area maps can help you figure out zoning districts, find police service areas and districts, navigate the Metro system, find your way around local airports, and more.

Stars and Stripes
At US Flag learn the history behind our flag. The site also tells you how to display your flag correctly and gives you information about how to buy a flag that has been flown over the Capitol.

The Star-Spangled Banner has its own history. This was the flag that Francis Scott Key used as inspiration for his famous poem that became our nation's anthem. The flag is now at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History, where specialists are working to preserve this American treasure.

Supreme Court
In the Judiciary Act of 1789, Congress spelled out the details for a Supreme Court and federal judiciary. The Supreme Court Historical Society provides a timeline of our court from yesteryear to present day. Read about the justices or learn about landmark court cases.

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Facts and Statistics About DC

Compared to the 50 states, DC has the smallest differential between male and female pay in the country.

The Hotel Washington opened at the corner of 15th Street and the Pennsylvania Avenue in 1918. Still in business, it is the Avenue's oldest continuously operated hotel.

When Washington was created in 1791, there were already two towns within its boundaries: Alexandria, Virginia, with about 5,000 people, and Georgetown, with about 3,000. (The District gave Alexandria back to Virginia in 1846.)

Before there was a subway or buses or even electric streetcars in DC, horse-drawn streetcars provided public transportation. During the late 1800s, horses pulled trolley cars that rode on rails embedded in the street.

During World War II, Washington's Union Station was one of the busiest railway stations in the country, with as many as 100,000 passengers passing through each day.