Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Great Falls Line
Erected by The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park - Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
Location. 39° 6.727′ N, 77° 34.795′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from Catoctin Circle Northwest, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located about 100 yards west of Catoctin Circle along the Washington & Old Dominion
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Electric Trains on the W&OD (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leesburg Passenger Station (approx. ¾ mile away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. ¾ mile away); Leesburg (approx. ¾ mile away); Old Stone Church Site (approx. ¾ mile away); The Tolbert Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); In Memory of Richard Owings (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ealry Methodism in Leesburg (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a picture of a train on the Great Falls Line captioned, “A small steam locomotive stops at Cherrydale in Arlington, along GF&OD around 1908.” The marker also has portraits of John R. McLean and Sen. Stephen Elkins. A small inset reproduces an advertisement used for the W&OD describing services to Great Falls.
This marker is one of a standard set used along the trail, and is duplicated elsewhere.
Also see . . .
1. The Great Falls and Old Dominion Line. Wikipedia entry, with a rather detailed listing of stops along the line. The railroad seems to have been converted to the present day Old Dominion Drive.
2. Stephen B Elkins Biography.
3. John R. McLean Biography.
4. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com
5. Rails to the Blue Ridge: The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, 1847 - 1968. Book by Herbert Harwood available on Amazon.com
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,369 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.