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Historical District in Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pioneer Mill

 
 
Pioneer Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
1. Pioneer Mill Marker
Inscription.  Pioneer Mill once stood at the end of Duke Street. The photograph shows the many wharves that occupied the blocks where buildings and parks now stand. Warehouses lined the Waterfront interspersed with processing plants for flour and fertilizer, saloons, and restaurants. The Alexandria Waterfront may well have looked similar to this photograph in 1881. In that year F. H. Lungren and R. Blum described Alexandria in Scribner's Monthly:

"Seen from the river, the town presents an appearance at once striking and quaint; - black roofs, garbled, hipped, and gambreled, their shingles, which were laid before the century was born, now warped and moss grown, are pierced by innumerable smoke stacks. These chimneys, tall or short, slender or massive, and of all colors -- red, yellow, gray or white -- line themselves against the clear blue sky...."

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View from Pioneer Mill, looking up at the wharf.
May 1865

Courtesy of Library of Congress.


 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location.
Pioneer Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
2. Pioneer Mill Marker
38° 48.22′ N, 77° 2.38′ W. Marker is in the Historical District in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Strand Street south of King Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is on the grounds of Waterfront Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 South Union Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Raise the White Flag (here, next to this marker); Waterfront Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); River Ferries (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexandria Archaeology Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); John Fitzgerald (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexandria (about 300 feet away); Plundered! (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Historical District.
 
View from Pioneer Mill, looking up the wharf image. Click for full size.
By Andrew J Russell, May 1865
3. View from Pioneer Mill, looking up the wharf
Library of Congress LC-B8184-10213
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on April 2, 2018. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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