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Arlington-Fairfax Electric Railway

 
 
Arlington-Fairfax Electric Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2014
1. Arlington-Fairfax Electric Railway Marker
Inscription. The Arlington-Fairfax Line connected Fairfax with Washington D.C. from 1904-1939 and briefly terminated near this location until 1908 when it was extended to the courthouse after the original station was destroyed by fire. The new stop served both as a passenger station and a stop for tourists to visit historic sites. A freight depot replaced the station near this location spawning a small commercial center, the remnants of which remained until 2009. A bedroom community grew along Cedar Avenue where the trolley made a stop after leaving this location.
 
Erected 2009 by City of Fairfax—Historic Fairfax City Inc.
 
Location. 38° 50.886′ N, 77° 18.76′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Virginia Route 236) and Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ratcliffe Cemetery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Manassas Gap Railroad (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Mosby (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Arlington-Fairfax Electric Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2014
2. Arlington-Fairfax Electric Railway Marker
Dr. William Gunnell House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gen. Corcoran (approx. ¼ mile away); Birthplace of the Confederate Battle Flag (was approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Old Fairfax Jail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Richard Ratcliffe’s Mount Vineyard Plantation (was approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
 
Also see . . .  Fairfax Line Section of Wikipedia Entry for Northern Virginia Trolleys. “Trolleys of the Fairfax line began their trips at the old Courthouse, located at the southwest corner of Chain Bridge Road and Main Street. The cars first ran westward along Main Street and then turned north at the site of the Fairfax Electric Depot (the terminus of the line until the depot burned in 1907) onto the present route of Railroad Avenue. After crossing the present route of Lee Highway (U.S. Routes 50 and 29), the line crossed Chain Bridge Road. The line then traveled northeast through Fairfax County a short distance east of Chain Bridge Road, passed through Oakton, and reached the town of Vienna.”
View of Railroad Avenue from Main Street image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2014
3. View of Railroad Avenue from Main Street
(Submitted on August 31, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 855 times since then and 154 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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