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Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Unfinished Railroad

 
 
Unfinished Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 11, 2012
1. Unfinished Railroad Marker
Inscription. During the 1850s, two local railroads - the Orange & Alexandria and the Manassas Gap - met at Manassas Junction. In order to reach commercial markets near Washington, the Manassas Gap Railroad signed an agreement with its rival to use its tracks from the junction to the port of Alexandria. The annual cost of track rental cut into profits, however, and officials sought an alternate route.

The Manassas Gap decided to lay its own track from Gainesville to Alexandria. Work on the "Independent Line" commenced in 1854 as engineers surveyed the proposed route. Local slaves and Irish immigrants provided much of the labor - felling trees, leveling the roadbed, and quarrying stone for bridge abutments. By the time grading operations neared completion in 1858, the company halted the project for lack of funds. No track was ever laid. The abandoned railbed became a ready-made defensive position for Confederate troops at Second Manassas.
 
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 49.529′ N, 77° 32.943′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Featherbed Lane, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Railroad Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 11, 2012
2. Railroad Map
Map depicting the projected route of the Manassas Gap Railroad and its extensions. The rival O&A Railroad is not shown.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Unfinished Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Unfinished Railroad (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archerís Brigade (about 700 feet away); Second Brigade (about 700 feet away); 20th New York State Militia (approx. ľ mile away); 63rd Pennsylvania Infantry (approx. ľ mile away); 15th Alabama Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); 2nd New Hampshire Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
Also see . . .  Unfinished Railroad. Older marker that stood at this location. (Submitted on August 28, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Elevation Diagram at Bottom of Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 11, 2012
3. Elevation Diagram at Bottom of Map
Unfinished Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 11, 2012
4. Unfinished Railroad Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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