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

Manassas Gap Railroad Independent Line

 
 
Manassas Gap Railroad Independent Line Marker image. Click for full size.
April 1, 2006
1. Manassas Gap Railroad Independent Line Marker
Inscription. The roadbed of the Independent Line of the Manassas Gap Railroad ran through this area. Conceived to extend the Manassas Gap Railroad from Gainesville to Alexandria, grading on this part of the line began in September 1854. The nearby stone bridge abutments were built to carry tracks across Cub Run. Financial problems stopped the work in May 1857. In various places the roadbed provided shelter from attack and a route for troop movements during the Civil War. The Manassas Gap Railroad merged with the Orange and Alexandria Railroad in 1867. Tracks were never laid along the Independent Line.
 
Erected 2003 by The Fairfax County History Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Manassas Gap Railroad, and the Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission marker series.
 
Location. 38° 51.527′ N, 77° 28.666′ W. Marker is in Centreville, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Click for map. Marker is located near the north trailhead to the Cub Run Stream Valley Park. You will need to park where allowed in the cul-de-sac at the end of Honsena Drive. Cub Run Trail signage visible at end of cul-de-sac. Marker is in this post office area: Centreville VA 20120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within
Marker and East side Abutment image. Click for full size.
October 28, 2006
2. Marker and East side Abutment
3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battery Ridge (approx. 1.7 miles away); Retreat From Manassas (approx. 1.9 miles away); First Battle of Manassas (approx. 1.9 miles away); Second Battle of Manassas (approx. 2.4 miles away); Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Centreville.
 
More about this marker. Marker is several 100 yards down the trail near the Cub Run river.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Unfinished Manassas Gap Railroad. 2004 article by William Page Johnson II in The Fare Facs Gazette, the newsletter of Historic Fairfax City, Inc. (Submitted on October 29, 2006.) 

2. The Transportation Network of Alexandria. This page has a large map showing the path of the Independent Line of the Manassas Gap Railroad. (Submitted on October 29, 2006.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
View of Abutment on West side the Cub Run image. Click for full size.
October 28, 2006
3. View of Abutment on West side the Cub Run
 
 
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