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Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Arlington Post Office

 
 
Arlington Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2012
1. Arlington Post Office Marker
Inscription.
In the first half of the 20th Century, Arlington County changed from a handful of separate neighborhoods to a cohesive community with its own identity and government. The establishment of a central post office was a major factor in this transformation. Built in 1937, the Arlington post office was the first federal building constructed in the county. Lobby murals depicting scenes about Arlington history were painted by Auriel Bessemer in 1939. In 2000, it was named in honor of Joseph L. Fisher, former U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 10th District. This building is a designated Arlington County Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Erected by Arlington County, Virginia
 
Erected by Arlington County, Virginina.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.145′ N, 77° 5.734′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Boulevard (Virginia Route 237) and North Hudson Street, on the right when traveling east on Washington Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Arlington Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2012
2. Arlington Post Office Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arlington County War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Ball Family Burial Ground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Maury School (approx. half a mile away); Fort Cass (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Whipple (approx. 0.7 miles away); John C. McKinney Memorial Stables (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Woodbury (approx. 0.7 miles away); 12th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Additional comments.
1. Error in marker
The marker contains the following statement: "Built in 1937, the Arlington post office was the first federal building constructed in the county."

This statement is not correct. The first federal buildings constructed in Arlington probably were within the county's Civil War forts and in Freedman's Village. Federal buildings constructed in the county before 1937 still remain standing in Arlington National Cemetery (including the Cemetery's first administration building and a building adjacent to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier), in the Fort Myer Historic District (including a number of officers' residences and the former Post hospital) and in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (the Abingdon Research Center building).
    — Submitted March 2, 2014, by Bernard H. Berne of Arlington, Virginia.

 
Additional keywords. USPS
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 539 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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