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

A Historic Junction

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, June 7, 2019
1. A Historic Junction Marker
Inscription.  This point has long been a vital gateway for commerce and travelers. In the early 1800s, the first Long Bridge connected Alexandria traders and Virginia farmers with Washington and Georgetown. Now, cars, trains, and the Metro carry people and goods across the Potomac as planes using Reagan National Airport fly overhead.

The Long Bridge in 1865. Union troops laid railroad track across the bridge during the Civil War to carry supplies to destinations such as Fort Jackson, erected near here to protect this vital crossing from Confederate attacks.

Around the turn of the 20th century, a new rail bridge was built as the region grew. The railroad tracks of the Civil War-era crossing were converted for an electric trolley system. The trolley carried commuters into Washington, D.C. and transported Washingtonians to various attractions in Arlington.

Just as humans continue to move through this area, the Chesapeake region is a crucial migration route for many species of birds.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
 
Location.
A Historic Junction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 7, 2019
2. A Historic Junction Marker
38° 51.839′ N, 77° 2.857′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from 6th Street South east of Long Bridge Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 10th Street South, Arlington VA 22202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New and Renewed Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Runyon after the Civil War (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Known Units Garrisoned at Fort Runyon (about 700 feet away); The Union Soldier (about 700 feet away); Arlington Transformed by War (about 700 feet away); The Defenses of Washington (about 700 feet away); The March Across the Long Bridge (about 800 feet away); Fort Runyon: Defending the Capital (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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