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Reston Virginia Historical Markers

 
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June 10, 2019
"October Glory" Red Maple Marker
Virginia (Fairfax County), Reston — "October Glory" Red Maple — (Acer rubrum L.)
Planted in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the new United States Geological Survey (USGS) created by the October 1996 merger of the former National Biological Service and a portion of the Bureau of Mines with USGS. — Map (db m135131) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Reston — John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) — Explorer, Geologist, Ethnologist — USGS: Science for a changing world —
The man who would become the second Director of the Geologic Survey, grew up exploring and teaching himself about natural history. In 1861, he enlisted in the Union Army, was commissioned as an artillery officer, lost his right forearm to a . . . — Map (db m135135) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Reston — Julia Anna Gardner (1882-1960), Ph.D. — Geologist, Paleontologist — USGS: Science for a changing world —
After earning her doctorate in geology from Johns Hopkins University (1911), Julia Anna Gardner worked for the USGS as a contractor. In 1917 during World War I, she volunteered as an auxiliary nurse with the Red Cross in France, often working on the . . . — Map (db m135136) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Reston — Randolph Wilson Bromery (1926-2013), Ph.D. — Geologist, Educator, Administrator — USGS: Science for a changing world —
In 1942, Mr. Bromery enlisted in the U.S. Army Corps and served as a pilot in the 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group known famously as the Tuskegee Airman, participating in air combat in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. Upon his discharge in . . . — Map (db m135138) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Reston — T-58 — Reston — A "New Town"
In 1961 Robert E. Simon, Jr. began developing 6,750 acres of Sunset Hills Farm as a community open to all races, ages, and incomes. Working with Simon, the architectural firm of Whittlesey and Conelin designed a "New Town." Construction of Lake Anne . . . — Map (db m89355) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Reston — Robert E. Simon, Jr. / Reston, Virginia — National Planning Pioneer / National Planning Landmark — American Institute of Certified Planners Designations —
The American Institute of Certified Planners has designated Robert E. Simon, Jr. as a National Planning Pioneer. At Reston, Robert E. Simon, Jr. created the nation’s first Planned Community Zone to fulfill his visions of a new town in which . . . — Map (db m89538) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Reston — T-37 — Sharpsburg (Antietam) Campaign
Here Lee entered this road from Ox Hill, September 3, 1862, and turned West toward Leesburg. Crossing the Potomac at White's Ford, the army entered Maryland, September 5-6, 1862. — Map (db m1098) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Reston — Sunset Hills Station
Sunset Hills Station, shown below in the 1960s, stands as a reminder that today's Reston was not the first "new town" to be planned for this area. In 1886 Dr. Carl Wiehle bought a large parcel of land north and south of the railroad tracks. He . . . — Map (db m25074) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Reston — Train Wrecks
Accidents happened on the Washington & Old Dominion. Mishaps resulted from washouts of the roadbed, loose rails, rotting ties, or from livestock wandering across the tracks. Crew negligence also played a part. One of the earliest and most serious . . . — Map (db m25005) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Reston — Veteran's Memorial — USGS: Science for a changing world
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