Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The People of Potomac Yard
City of Alexandria Est. 1749
Working at the Yard. Employees of Potomac Yard described themselves as being a close-knit group. Workers often lived in the same neighborhoods, raised their children together, and worked with family members. The work was stable and it was, for many years, the single largest employer in Alexandria. Often, multiple generations of families worked at the Yard. Young people frequently began as messengers and rose to become managers through on-the-job training, hard work, and assistance from more experienced employees.
The Del Ray and St. Elmo neighborhoods
“It was a great life, a great life. I had one of the best jobs in the country, and certainly the best railroad job in the country. It was one interesting and challenging career.” —Jack McGinley, Last Superintendent of Potomac Yard
Erected by City of Alexandria. (Marker Number Panel-4.)
Location. 38° 49.579′ N, 77° 2.828′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Potomac Avenue and East Custis Avenue, on the right on Potomac Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is on the Potomac Yard Trail which parallels Potomac Avenue, at the small plaza at the foot of Custis Avenue. It overlooks the three railroad tracks that remain of the former Potomac Yards. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22305, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Building Potomac Yard (approx. ¼ mile away); Crossroads of Transportation The Rail Yard Hump (approx. ¼ mile away); Potomac Yard in Transition (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Alexanders & Agriculture (approx. 0.4 miles away); Virginia's First Highways (approx. half a mile away); Corporal Charles William Hill (approx. half a mile away); The Bluemont Line (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
More about this marker. The marker has a number of photographs of Potomac Yard workers and a large map showing the approximate location of Potomac Yard. The map’s legend reads, “Drawn in 1900, this map shows the Del Ray and St. Elmo neighborhoods west of Route 1 and the properties that would soon become Potomac Yard.” It is a portion of a map titled “Map of Alexandria County, Virginia” from the Library of Congress.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 207 times since then. Last updated on March 30, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 19, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.