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

John J. Kingman Road Crossing

John J. Kingman Road Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
January 5, 2019
1. John J. Kingman 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 by civilian workers and soldiers from other branches. From January to July of 1918 they laid track from the railhead junction near Newington to the center of the camp.

As Fort Belvoir stored the entire coal supply for the Military District of Washing in Facility No. 2280, a coal yard south of Kingman Road, FBMRR transported coal to other installations in the district as recently as 1985. Though parts of FBMRR were eventually decommissioned, much of the main line remained in use until the last locomotive left the installation in 1993.
Erected 2018 by Fort Belvoir
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesRailroads & StreetcarsWar, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1918.
Location. 38° 43.123′ N, 77° 10.068′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway (Virginia Route 286) and John J. Kingman Road, on the right when traveling north on Fairfax County Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Air Historic Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mount Air (approx. 0.6 miles away); Facility 2298, Rail Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Telegraph Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); Facility 1433, Rail Bridge (approx. one mile away); Newington (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Belvoir (approx. 1.4 miles away); Belvoir (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
John J. Kingman Road Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 22, 2021
2. John J. Kingman Road Crossing Marker
John J. Kingman Road Crossing image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 22, 2021
3. John J. Kingman Road Crossing
The location where the FBMRR crossed John J. Kingman Road.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2019. This page has been viewed 547 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 5, 2019.   2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2021, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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