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Great Falls in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historical Statement (The Bell)

 
 
"Historical Statement" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 21, 2012
1. "Historical Statement"
Inscription.
The year was 1942, and citizens of Great Falls were concerned that bombings, like those of London, might occur in Washington, DC. In a time of great threats, including attacks on major cities, a handful of Great Falls area citizens came together to discuss what could be done to protect life and property, should more attacks occur here. The result of those discussions was the initial formation of the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department.

 
Erected 2012 by Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department.
 
Location. 38° 59.924′ N, 77° 17.476′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Georgetown Pike (Virginia Route 193) west of Village Centre, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is beneath the fire bell memorial at the southwest corner of the new Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Station No.12 - off the driveway from Great Falls Road and directly across from the U.S. Post Office. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9916 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls VA 22066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forestville School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Great Falls Nike Missile Site (approx.
"The Bell" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 21, 2012
2. "The Bell"
1.2 miles away); The Patowmack Canal (approx. 2 miles away); Old Road To The West (approx. 2 miles away); People and the Potomac (approx. 2 miles away); River of Change (approx. 2 miles away); A Globally Rare Environment (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named The Patowmack Canal (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Great Falls.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Great Falls VFD. (Submitted on October 23, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. civil defense, fire bell
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkWar, World II
 
Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Station No. 12 - Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 21, 2012
3. Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Station No. 12 - Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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