Near Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
After passing beneath the bridge the tracks originally continued north-northwest to Paeonian Springs. The switchback portion of the trail that you see today west of the arch did not exist during the time of the railroad.
Erected by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
Location. 39° 8.279′ N, 77° 36.602′ W. Marker is near Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Dry Mill Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located about 25 feet from the roadway, on the W&OD Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paeonian Springs Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); Early’s Washington Campaign Swann's Castle (approx. 2 miles away); Tracks into History (approx. 2.2 miles away); Hamilton Station (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Great Falls Line (approx. 2.4 miles away); Electric Trains on the W&OD (approx. 2.6 miles away); Fighting for Freedom (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker. The marker has a background picture of a train passing beneath the Clarkes Gap bridge, captioned “A diesel engine passes under the stone bridge on its way westward.” A smaller picture of the railroad station at Clarkes Gap carries the caption, “The Clarkes Gap Station, shown in 1930, was one of the earliest stations on the railroad. It was built in the 1870s in a standardized style that matched stations in West Falls Church and Vienna.”
Regarding Clarkes Gap. The stone bridge was originally where the Leesburg Turnpike, now modern Route 7, passed over the railroad. The bridge stands a few hundred feet from the present day roadbed. Today
Also see . . .
1. Better Picture of the Station. (Submitted on August 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Friends of the W&OD Trail. Detailed map of the area around this segment of the trail. (Submitted on August 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
4. Rails to the Blue Ridge: The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, 1847 - 1968. Book by Herbert Harwood available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
1. W&OD Trail Relocation
This marker, which is located on the former site of the Clarke's Gap station, was on the northeast side of the W&OD Trail and faced the Trail until 2010. In that year, the Trail was relocated, but the historical marker remained in place. In October 2012, the marker was on the northwest side of the trail and faced away from the Trail.
— Submitted January 2, 2013, by Bernard H. Berne of Arlington, Virginia.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,265 times since then and 123 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.