Sterling in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Rails to Dulles Airport
Dulles International Airport opened 1962. The W&OD limped along for another six years, while a boom in road construction edged out small railroad lines here and throughout the nation. The W&OD ceased operations altogether in August 1968.
Erected by The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park - Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
Location. 39° 0.949′ N, 77° 26.427′ W. Marker is in Sterling, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from Pacific Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located between Loudoun County Parkway (CR 607) and Sully Road (Va 28) on the W&OD Trail. The marker is just east of the trail's Broad Run bridge. And is best accessed from the parking area
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sterling Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Norman's Station (approx. 1.2 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road II (approx. 1.3 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road IV (approx. 1.3 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road I (approx. 1.3 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road III (approx. 1.3 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Vestal's Gap Road (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sterling.
More about this marker. The background of the marker shows a Siding along W&OD for airport construction, 1959. An inset photo shows Dulles airport under construction early 1960s with a helicopter lowering part of the control tower.
Also see . . .
1. A History of Dulles International Airport. From the Washington Airports Authority. (Submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Dulles Airport Has Its Roots in Rural Black Community of Willard. Interesting account of the impact of the airport on Loudoun County. (Submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,491 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.