Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Triangle Site
1908 Town of Potomac 1929
The location of Del Ray Central apartments is often referred to as The Triangle Site. Both the topography of this place and transportation corridors defined the site's shape. The eastern side drops sharply down to the flat plain on which Potomac Yard was once situated. Rails and roads crossed on all three sides of this ground and created a triangular parcel of land.
The first railroad established before the Civil War ascended the embankment and formed the northern side of the triangle. The Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire Railroad was formed in 1847 to move agricultural products and coal from the west to the port of Alexandria. The line was not a commercial success and experienced many changes in ownership. In the 20th century, it was called the Washington & Old Dominion Railway (W&OD) until the track was abandoned in 1968.
Opening in 1892, the Washington, Alexandria & Mt. Vernon Electric Railway was one of the first inter-urban rail lines in America. A tunnel was built through the embankment near this site so the streetcar could move from Alexandria to Washington, D.C. The track ran at the eastern base of the bluff and then through the tunnel. This route—later known as Commonwealth Avenue—formed the second side of the triangle. Mt. Vernon Avenue delineates the third side of the Triangle Site.
Erected 2008 by City of Alexandria.
Location. 38° 49.908′ N, 77° 3.576′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on Mount Vernon Avenue north of Commonwealth Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3051 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria VA 22305, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bluemont Line (approx. ¼ mile away); Schools in the Town of Potomac (approx. ¼ mile away); The Electric Railway St. Asaph Racetrack (approx. ¼ mile away); Potomac Yard History (approx. ¼ mile away); Mount Vernon Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Town of Potomac (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 30, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.