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

Arlington Post Office

 
 
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By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2012
1. Arlington Post Office Marker
Inscription.  In the first half of the 20th Century, Arlington County changed from a handful of separate neighborhoods to a cohesive community with its own identity and government. The establishment of a central post office was a major factor in this transformation. Built in 1937, the Arlington post office was the first federal building constructed in the county. Lobby murals depicting scenes about Arlington history were painted by Auriel Bessemer in 1939. In 2000, it was named in honor of Joseph L. Fisher, former U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 10th District. This building is a designated Arlington County Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Erected by Arlington County, Virginia
 
Erected by Arlington County, Virginina.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCommunicationsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list.
 
Location. 38° 53.145′ N, 77° 
Arlington Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2012
2. Arlington Post Office Marker
5.734′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Boulevard (Virginia Route 237) and North Hudson Street, on the right when traveling east on Washington Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arlington County War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Legion Memorial of Arlington (about 300 feet away); Old Ball Family Burial Ground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Maury School (approx. half a mile away); Fort Cass (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rockwell Field (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Whipple (approx. 0.7 miles away); John C. McKinney Memorial Stables (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Additional comments.
1. Error in marker
The marker contains the following statement: "Built in 1937, the Arlington post office was the first federal building constructed in the county."

This statement is not correct. The first federal buildings constructed in Arlington probably were within the county's Civil War forts and in Freedman's Village. Federal buildings constructed in the county before 1937 still remain standing in Arlington National Cemetery (including the Cemetery's first administration building and a building adjacent to the Tomb
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of the Unknown Soldier), in the Fort Myer Historic District (including a number of officers' residences and the former Post hospital) and in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (the Abingdon Research Center building).
    — Submitted March 2, 2014, by Bernard H. Berne of Arlington, Virginia.

 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 707 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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