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Pioneer Mill

 
 
Pioneer Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
1. Pioneer Mill Marker
Inscription.
(caption)
View from Pioneer Mill, looking up at the wharf.
May 1865

Courtesy of Library of Congress.

Pioneer Mill once stood at the end of Duke Street. The photograph shows the many wharves that occupied the blocks where buildings and parks now stand. Warehouses lined the Waterfront interspersed with processing plants for flour and fertilizer, saloons, and restaurants. The Alexandria Waterfront may well have looked similar to this photograph in 1881. In that year F. H. Lungren and R. Blum described Alexandria in Scribner's Monthly:

"Seen from the river, the town presents an appearance at once striking and quaint; - black roofs, garbled, hipped, and gambreled, their shingles, which were laid before the century was born, now warped and moss grown, are pierced by innumerable smoke stacks. These chimneys, tall or short, slender or massive, and of all colors -- red, yellow, gray or white -- line themselves against the clear blue sky...."
 
Location. 38° 48.22′ N, 77° 2.38′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Strand Street south of King Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Waterfront Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Pioneer Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
2. Pioneer Mill Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Raise the White Flag (here, next to this marker); Waterfront Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexandria Archaeology Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); John Fitzgerald (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexandria (about 300 feet away); 115 Prince Street (about 500 feet away); Torpedo Factory Art Center (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
View from Pioneer Mill, looking up the wharf image. Click for full size.
By Andrew J Russell, May 1865
3. View from Pioneer Mill, looking up the wharf
Library of Congress LC-B8184-10213
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on April 2, 2018. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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