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

A Roadside Respite

George Washington Memorial Parkway | Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
A Roadside Respite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, September 26, 2020
1. A Roadside Respite Marker
Inscription.  
Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, a nature preserve that hosts many species of migratory birds, included a designed recreational road pull-off parking area intended as a feature of the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, the original portion of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The Parkway, which initially ran just from Arlington Memorial Bridge to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, opened in 1932 as part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Washington's birth and served as a scenic roadway connecting historic sites related to his life while providing access to recreational opportunities along the Potomac River.

The name Roaches Run is attributed to a creek emptying into the Potomac near here that was on property once owned by James Roach, a prominent mid-19th century businessman who resided in the area and provided brick and stone for local building projects.

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Facilities at Roaches Run were created in 1935 by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), one of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal work relief programs. CCC enrollees
A Roadside Respite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, September 26, 2020
2. A Roadside Respite Marker
from Camp NP-6-VA at Fort Hunt constructed the parking area, planted trees, built a trail encircling Roaches Run, and constructed a feed shed and game warden's cabin on the far west side.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsCharity & Public WorkRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series lists.
 
Location. 38° 51.907′ N, 77° 2.523′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on George Washington Memorial Parkway 1½ miles south of 14th Street Bridge (Interstate 395), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. From Brownfield to Playing Fields (approx. ¼ mile away); Long Bridge Park: A Community Space (approx. ¼ mile away); A Historic Junction (approx. 0.3 miles away); New and Renewed Land (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Runyon (approx. 0.4 miles away);
Adjacent nature marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, September 26, 2020
3. Adjacent nature marker
Fort Runyon after the Civil War (approx. 0.4 miles away); Known Units Garrisoned at Fort Runyon (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Union Soldier (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 26, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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Oct. 30, 2020