Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Leesburg Passenger Station
At first a single depot, located 0.2 mile east of here, served passengers and freight. In 1887 the railroad opened a separate passenger station here at King Street. It remained in use until passenger service ended in 1951.
As at other towns along the line, Leesburg stationmasters played a crucial role in the smooth operation of the line. They sold tickets, operated the telegraph, and filled engines’ water tanks. Local resident Frank Raflo recalled that when a train came the stationmaster blocked street traffic “with a not-too-large signal which read simply ‘STOP.’ ”
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° 6.721′ N, 77° 33.974′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on King Click for map. Located about 25 feet west of King Street along the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Tolbert Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Norman-Harding Barn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dairy Barn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Log House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leesburg Freight Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Osterburg Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stationmaster's House (approx. 0.2 miles away); McKimmey's Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photograph of the station from around 1906. An inset picture shows “A gas-electric train heads east, 1943. Cars are parked just off King Street.” The marker includes a portrait of Charles A. English, stationmaster 1866–1917.
Also see . . .
1. Leesburg Passenger Station.
2. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com
3. 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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