In the detail to the east of the channel you can find a still intact area called the Waterfront which was filled with docks and warehouses and working class houses, and folks who were making a living from the river in the still-small town of Washington. Little did they know they would be wiped out in 20 years by urban renewal and replaced by monolithic edifices of the federal government.
1935 - Aerial view of East Potomac Park, including the East Potomac Golf Club on Hains Point, in Washington, D.C., looking north towards the National Mall. The Jefferson Memorial has not yet been built.
Photo Credit: Bolling Field Air Force Base, Photo Section. Library of Congress