“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


ARPANET Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steven Berkowitz, October 1, 2008
1. ARPANET Marker
Inscription.  The ARPANET, a project of the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense, developed the technology that became the foundation for the internet at this site from 1970 to 1975. Originally intended to support military needs, ARPANET technology was soon applied to civilian uses, allowing information to be rapidly and widely available. The Internet, and services such as e-mail, e-commerce and the worldwideweb, continues to grow as the under-lying technologies evolve. The innovations inspired by the ARPANET have provided great benefits for society.
Erected 2011 by Arlington County.
Location. 38° 53.663′ N, 77° 4.423′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of North Oak Street and Wilson Boulevard, on the right when traveling north on North Oak Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 North Oak Street, Arlington VA 22209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Watergate Investigation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Corcoran
ARPANET Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 15, 2016
2. ARPANET Marker
The marker is on the sidewalk to the left in this view.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Here We Remember Them All (approx. ¼ mile away); Something More Than A Statue (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Legacy Older than the Republic (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Haggerty (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rosslyn (approx. 0.3 miles away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
More about this marker. Marker indicates it was erected in 2008, but the county actually did not get permission from the property owner to install it until 2011.
Also see . . .  Mythbusting: The Internet was invented in Arlington?.
Contrasting view
(Submitted on May 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
Additional comments.
1. Binary string on reverse side
It's a small matter but the binary string on the reverse side actually spells out "ARPANET" (i.e. all upper case), rather than "ARPAnet" which is in the description which accompanies photo #3.
Converted to hexidecimal, one gets: 0x41, 0x52, 0x50, 0x41, 0x4E, 0x45, 0x54
The character representation of the hexidecimal numbers can be found here:
    — Submitted
Side View Of The Primary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Cubbage, May 8, 2013
3. Side View Of The Primary Marker
spells out "ARPANET" in binary code
May 16, 2019, by Fred Rednor of Arlington, Virginia.

Additional keywords. world wide web, Rosslyn
Categories. 20th CenturyCommunicationsMilitaryScience & Medicine

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2011, by Steven Berkowitz of Annnandale, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,164 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 18, 2011, by Steven Berkowitz of Annnandale, Virginia.   2. submitted on March 15, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on May 9, 2014, by Brian Cubbage of Alexandria, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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