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

Pohick Road Crossing

Pohick Road Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
January 5, 2019
1. Pohick Road Crossing Marker
Inscription.  The Fort Belvoir Military Railroad (FBMRR) was constructed in 1918 when Camp A.A. Humphreys was made a semi-permanent cantonment as the U.S. entered into World War 1. The two main objectives for FBMRR were to bring supplies and troops to camp for its rapid construction and war mobilization and to train engineer troops on the building of railroads, bridges, and other facilities essential to the U.S. war effort in France.

The 4.51 mile standard-gauge railroad was built largely by combat engineers, with some assistance from civilian workers and soldiers from other branches. From January to July 1918 they laid track from the railhead junction near Newington to the center of camp. The railroad included three industrial sidings for more efficient loading and unloading. Southwast of this spot, the largest siding ran parallel to the main line and served the warehouse district. It extended approximately 0.75 miles to end just north of 21st Street.
Erected 2018 by Fort Belvoir and the Federal Highway Administration.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles
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Railroads & StreetcarsWar, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1918.
Location. 38° 41.809′ N, 77° 8.755′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Backlick Road and Beulah Street, on the right when traveling west on Backlick Road. Located on Fort Belvoir (Restricted Access). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9012 Backlick Road, Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Warehouse District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Water Storage Tank 188 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Treasury Building Column Sections (approx. half a mile away); Brown Barracks (approx. half a mile away); The Staff Sergeant John D. Linde Visitor Center (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gerber Village (approx. 0.6 miles away); Non Commissioned Officers’ Service Club (approx. 0.6 miles away); Park Village (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
Pohick Road Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 11, 2019
2. Pohick Road Crossing Marker
The dirt road to the right of the marker is the old railroad bed.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2019. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 5, 2019.   2. submitted on June 11, 2019, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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