Postcard of Boulder Bridge in Rock Creek Park

ID: SIA2011-2307 (front) and SIA2011-2308 (back)

Creator: B.S. Reynolds Co. Washington, DC

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: April 9, 1911

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 85, Folder: 26

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  • Postcard of Boulder Bridge in Rock Creek Park. The bridge is surrounded by full trees and crosses the water of Rock Creek. The message side has a printed note about the park: "Rock Creek is famed for the beauty of its Natural Scenery. Boulder Bridge is built of stone found on the park." The postcard is addressed to Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Smith, with a message for them, as follows:
  • Sun. Eve-7 o'clock. Dear M & P. Got up at 6 this A.M. ready to go to Blto. was misting, & very Cloudy. so gave it up. The mist did not last long. but has been Cloudy all day. marsh has worked. Mother Came up this P.M. Knew you were disapointed [sic], & So was Glades & I, but was so very threatening did not like to risk. with G- could any way. next Sun. is Easter hope may See you both then. This has been a long lonesome day- Will write Soon. Lots of love- Jane-


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  • On September 27, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison approved Congress's act to establish Rock Creek Park. It was one of the first federally managed parks. The main part of Rock Creek Park is 1,754 acres (2.75 square miles), and it now oversees several other natural and historical sites in D.C. Rock Creek Park includes the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
  • This postcard is located in Accession 11-271, which is part of Record Unit 95.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 85, Folder: 26

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


April 9, 1911

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  • Postcard
  • Nature
  • Bridges
  • Rock Creek (Md. and Washington, D.C.)
  • Landscapes
  • Public lands
  • National parks and reserves
  • Parks
  • Natural areas
  • Landscape


  • Rock Creek Park (Washington, D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)


  • Postcard
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2011-2307 (front) and SIA2011-2308 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 5.5w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Paper

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