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Manassas, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Railroad Town

1865 - 1900

 
 
A Railroad Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2019
1. A Railroad Town Marker
Inscription.  The railroad that brought such destruction to Manassas became the catalyst for its recovery. Returning residents and new arrivals built hotels, factories and businesses along the rail line. Trains exported local products to regional markets. As the community grew, streets were laid out and homes built. Soon a thriving town existed on what had been a barren landscape.

In 1896, the Southern Railway took over the line running through Manassas. Offering freight and commuter services, the Southern made Manassas a railroad town in the truest sense of the word. Today, freight trains still rumble by on a daily basis and Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express provide regular inter-city and commuter services.

[Aside:]
My father commuted twenty-eight years back and forth on the train. One night he came back and was quite elated because he had seen Colonel John S. Mosby on the train. He was a great admirer of Mosby.
— Virginia Speiden Carper

[Captions:]
This 1869 map of Manassas shows how the town grew up along the rail line.
— Manassas Museum Collection

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A Railroad Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2019
2. A Railroad Town Marker
Southern freight train passes in front of the Southern States building, 1950. Businesses like this took advantage of the cheap transportation the railroad provided to ship goods to distant markets.
— Manassas Museum Collection

An early Southern Railway schedule illustrates the long-standing relationship has with trains.
— Manassas Museum Collection

 
Erected by City of Manassas, Virginia.
 
Location. 38° 45.022′ N, 77° 28.383′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker is on West Street just south of Center Street (Virginia Route 28), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9417 West Street, Manassas VA 20110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jackson's Raid (a few steps from this marker); Wartime Manassas (a few steps from this marker); The Town Is Born (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (within shouting distance of this marker); Route of the "Old 97" (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Manassas Junction (within shouting distance of this marker); Loy E. Harris (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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