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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old Dude ()
Date: March 18, 2013 04:03PM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> edit - here's an older model Dulles SUV


I remember as a kid going on a field trip out to Dulles. They (and we) thought those transporter things were way cool. They were like the latest and greatest which was going to revolutionize plane boarding. Wasn't until I was an adult having to actually use the damn things that I (and everyone else) realized what a pain in the ass they were. lol Took friggin forever to go through the first gates and wait, board the transport, ride out and unload at the mid-field terminal, go through the gates there, and then finally board the plane.

Also remember back not that long ago when Dulles was a ghost town. You could go out there mid-week, pull right up in front, no cops there making you leave, and you could look up and down the terminal both ways and you might see 20 other people.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 18, 2013 04:25PM

Old Dude Wrote:
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> Also remember back not that long ago when Dulles
> was a ghost town. You could go out there
> mid-week, pull right up in front, no cops there
> making you leave, and you could look up and down
> the terminal both ways and you might see 20 other
> people.


It was that way right up until after deregulation, about 82 or 83 when it started to pick up. My brother was taking flying lessons and they held the Air France Concorde short of the runway so he could do his touch-and-go in his Cessna. Can't do T&Gs at Dulles anymore.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 18, 2013 04:28PM

Sleepy Holla Wrote:
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> @GettinOld...I remember the story about some guys
> who broke into Giant Music in Falls Church and
> stole a bunch of guitars....they were driving a 66
> Impala wagon and outran the Volvos, although his
> stupid buddy was already throwing the guitars out
> the window...they still could not catch them.
>
> Ahhh, Remember the good old Drug Fair?


LOL, yeah remember that story. And Drug Fair, sheesh, we are old.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 18, 2013 07:30PM

Traffic was slow in Fairfax even in 1911.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 18, 2013 07:44PM

and the road quality hasnt changed that much either LoLz

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 19, 2013 04:28AM

Scenes from the Harrison farm, near Floris, mid 30s. Have to admit, I'd never heard of Floris before.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: March 19, 2013 05:48AM

Floris is the name of the area near Frying Pan Park/Herndon. There were many dairies located there and the milk was taken into Washington on the W&OD railroad. Two of my grandfather's brothers had dairy farms in the area that were taken by eminent domain for the airport. The cows had to be milked twice a day back then -- by hand -- Yikes what a life.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Mr. Beer ()
Date: March 19, 2013 06:24AM

low budget buzz Wrote:
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> > Rory Wrote:
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> > > Dart Drug Wrote:
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> > > > Anybody have a picture of the dart drug at
> > the
> > > > rolling valley mall? When I was a kid we
> used
> > > to
> > > > steal Dart beer from that place all the
> time.
> > > One
> > > > day we got busted in the parking lot , not
> > for
> > > > shoplifting but for underage possession of
> > > beer!
> > >
> > > Gross they had beer LOL! I bet that tasted
> > > horrible. I remember dart drugs in Annandale
> @
> > the
> > > Braddock and Backlick intersection. Was later
> > > Funnels or flannels then Drug Emporium and
> now
> > > Golds Gym Would be cool to see that.
> >
> >
> > Giant Food had their own brand as well.
>
> yes they did, it was brewed by Fallstaff

I may stil have a Giant brand beer can in my old collection up in the attic. Grand Union too. Was it Safeway that had Scotch Buy beer?

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Scotch Buy Is Thrifty And Safeway Makes It Good!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 19, 2013 07:38AM

LoLz
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Re: Scotch Buy Is Thrifty And Safeway Makes It Good!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 19, 2013 07:39AM

and for the kids! o_0
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: older than you ()
Date: March 19, 2013 08:02AM

I remember using them the way they were intended - from the main terminal direct to the airplanes - long before the midfield terminal!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Jess1 ()
Date: March 19, 2013 08:36AM

"from the main terminal direct to the airplanes "
Yep. Remember that a "jumbo" jet was a 707... you boarded the particular coach (depending on seating) which then let you into the front or rear doors of the aircraft.
Remember too that the "jetway" was a rarity - one typically boarded by walking out to the mobile stairways...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Date: March 19, 2013 10:45AM


The Drive-In on Route 1, Alexandria, Virginia, 1941. Photo: J. Baylor Roberts/National Geographic Image Collection/Steven Kasher Gallery.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/19/2013 10:47AM by White Possibly Hispanic.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: RavensworthGuy ()
Date: March 19, 2013 01:09PM

ravensworth farm Wrote:
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> When they started building the Ravensworth farm
> subdivision in the early 60's my dad thought that
> it would be insane to buy a house "that far out in
> the country."
> 20 grand for a ravensworth house!
>
>
> Ravensworth Farm Development ,”
> braddockheritage.org/, accessed February 16, 2013,
> http://braddockheritage.org

I love this one, I grew up in Ravensworth and my parents paid like $28K for their house!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 20, 2013 08:42AM

Please buy War Bonds
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: bingo ()
Date: March 20, 2013 10:39AM

I didn't realise Mt Vernon Drive-In had been around that long. I used to go there all the time back in the sixties.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Facebook Thief ()
Date: March 20, 2013 11:16AM

Super 29 Drive-In.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 20, 2013 11:43AM

Trolley of the Great Falls & Old Dominion Railway at the Great Falls station
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 20, 2013 11:47AM

And a trolley of the Washington-Virginia Railway at their Vienna station.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Pickett ()
Date: March 20, 2013 12:21PM

Pickett Shoppping Center 1970's
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Burke Brat ()
Date: March 20, 2013 12:26PM

That was either after the Tornado that took the roof off Woodson HS or a Bus Driver really needing a drink. LOL

Just guessing because the the debris in the parking lot.

Good Old Ben Franklin and Peoples, I didn't realize the ABC had been there that long, now its gone :(



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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 20, 2013 02:05PM

@Burke - ROFLMAO - that was my first thought too - "man, that ABC store had been there FOREVER!"

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: March 20, 2013 02:09PM

The Turnpike Cinema in the corner by the Green Stamp Store. I saw the Exorcist there.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 20, 2013 02:26PM

you know whats really amazing?

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=turnpike+shopping+center&ll=38.841396,-77.272038&spn=0.000033,0.019205&oe=UTF-8&fb=1&gl=us&hq=turnpike+shopping+center&hnear=0x89b652c374a0a4a1:0xaf239558b282f5a3,Lorton,+VA&cid=0,0,4601631025690005061&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=38.841488,-77.27201&panoid=4iB57mU0ClxHnPqYB2wlmQ&cbp=12,283.68,,0,2.41


it's still the same signpost from back when the movie theater was open, isnt it?

Cause where the stores names are now is where the movies titles used to be, I think. Am I mistaking that for another shopping center?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Burke Brat ()
Date: March 20, 2013 02:42PM

Not sure about Turnpike Cinema, But Rolling Valley and Fair City Mall where almost Identical since they where owned by the Haft's, The Movie theater is still there in the corner, Giant Closed, and the ABC is gone from the first block of stores, I always assumed they where all called Fair City. I hated to see Ranger Surplus go out. I still go that way to Brandell's over by the post office, and we do F.P.Y.C. sports which are all over in that area. The Movie theater in Rolling valley closed a long time ago.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: March 20, 2013 03:18PM

The Turnpike Shopping Center was there first and the Turnpike Cinema was in the corner. I think there is or was a dollar store there, next to the Total Framing formerly Total Crafts formerly Ben Franklin.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Faceboof Thief ()
Date: March 20, 2013 05:14PM

Rose Hill Shopping Center. Alexandria, Va.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Olley ()
Date: March 20, 2013 05:31PM

Are there any old pictures of the farmhouse that was at Olley and Braddock road?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: moonshine ()
Date: March 20, 2013 09:11PM

Hunter's Lodge
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Burke Brat ()
Date: March 20, 2013 10:14PM

Pickett Wrote:
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> Pickett Shoppping Center 1970's


#4. The April Fools’ Day Tornado of April 1, 1973. A thunderstorm moving northeast near Manassas, Virginia spawned a tornado in Prince William County during the mid-afternoon of April 1. The twister skipped over a twenty-mile path to just north of Falls Church, Virginia. The first serious damage was noted south of Braddock Road at the Middle Ridge development, where a dozen homes were seriously damaged. The tornado then bounced back aloft before slamming into homes about a mile to the north, near the intersection of Braddock and Ox Roads. At least one house was lifted off its foundation and blown across Braddock Road.

The twister then hopped aloft again, next coming down about two miles to the northeast, near Little River Turnpike, where it did serious damage to the Pickett Shopping Center and Woodson High School. The tornado then made a final hop of three miles to the northeast before coming down in the Merrifield section at Lee Highway, near the Beltway. At that time, it sliced through the Pine Springs garden apartment complex and several other residences and businesses.

In all, 226 homes were damaged, 53 homes were declared uninhabitable, and 13 homes were totally destroyed. Also, 94 garden apartment units were damaged and 50 businesses sustained losses. Two elementary schools, Mantua and Oakview, were damaged. Woodson High School had its roof ripped off and several walls blown down. It was closed for the rest of the school year. Dozens of kids were in the Woodson gym playing basketball when the roof blew off. Luckily, there were no serious injuries.

In all, 37 injuries were reported as a result of the tornado. Fortunately, there were no fatalities. The total damage was estimated at $13.5 million.


Tornado damage to row houses on Benning Road between 17th and 18th Streets, November 17, 1927. The tornado passed through western Alexandria and southeast Arlington, then through a densely populated area of Washington near 18th Street, NE. The path of the tornado was 17 miles long and ranged in width from 20 yards to 300 yards. Source: Washington Weather

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: phil111 ()
Date: March 20, 2013 10:17PM

yes that looks ;like an old cue bus where was that pic taken?

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Re: Scotch Buy Is Thrifty And Safeway Makes It Good!
Posted by: Burke Brat ()
Date: March 20, 2013 10:23PM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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Scotch Buy Beer, ABC 46-40, aluminum pulltab beer can. Brewed by the Pearl Brewing Co., San Antonio & Galveston, TEXAS in 1981. This beer can is in excellent 1+ condition, and is bottom-opened.
Price: $3.50
9 item(s) in stock

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Happy Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 20, 2013 10:25PM

GettinOld Wrote:
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> Traffic was slow in Fairfax even in 1911.


U love America wow

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Re: Scotch Buy Is Thrifty And Safeway Makes It Good!
Posted by: Burke Brat ()
Date: March 20, 2013 10:26PM

US $20.00
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fort Hunt High grad ()
Date: March 20, 2013 10:27PM

I miss high school
Fort Hunt High school
Four of the best years ever, made possible only by the greatest of friends! I have so many great memories and I still even have the FH I used to sew on my white cheerleading sweater every Friday. (Class of '74 - Go Green, Go White, Go Team, Fight, Fight!).... thanks for letting me do that
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fort Hunt High grad ()
Date: March 20, 2013 10:31PM

I miss the good old days
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Burke Brat ()
Date: March 20, 2013 10:32PM

Dart Drug Wrote:
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> Anybody have a picture of the dart drug at the
> rolling valley mall? When I was a kid we used to
> steal Dart beer from that place all the time. One
> day we got busted in the parking lot , not for
> shoplifting but for underage possession of beer!


SCARCE Dart Drug 6 for $1.12 Beer Can

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 21, 2013 07:35AM

King George VI of Great Britain and Queen Elizabeth visiting the CCC camp at Fort Hunt, 1939
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: bingo ()
Date: March 21, 2013 01:45PM

Loved the Dixie Pig! FHHS graduate 1976.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Squire Strat ()
Date: March 21, 2013 03:05PM

Pickett Wrote:
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> Pickett Shoppping Center 1970's


Bought my first 'new' electric guitar from Giant Sound at Pickett in the early 1980's that was located in part of where Sears is in the photo. There was also a family kosher restaurant called KnishKnosh (early 80s) located further
to the left near the corner and was operated by a married couple- Mr. & Mrs. Silverman. They offered some amazing chicken soup.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: C&P ()
Date: March 21, 2013 03:13PM

Pickett Wrote:
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> Pickett Shoppping Center 1970's


Check out the 2 phone booths adjacent to the curb. Too bad hand sanitizer hadn't been invented yet!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Jess1 ()
Date: March 21, 2013 03:35PM

FWIW, that's Elizabeth as in "Queen Mother", not the current British Monarch (Elizabeth II)

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 21, 2013 04:01PM

Jess1 Wrote:
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> FWIW, that's Elizabeth as in "Queen Mother", not
> the current British Monarch (Elizabeth II)


Yes, but it's Queen Elizabeth, who was a mother, before she was the Queen Mother. Oh brother...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Date: March 21, 2013 04:25PM

Woodlawn Stables Back in the day...



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Re: HEY BURKE CENTRE! Remember when you got your Giant and they told you it was gonna be a Gourmet one too? LoLz
Posted by: Kardiac17 ()
Date: March 21, 2013 05:06PM

Because it was a federal building (and is today) Wolf Trap did not have to follow local building regulations specifically having fire sprinklers. Of not a good idea in a mostly exposed wood structure.



Someone cried wolf trapped Wrote:
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> was
> > > that??
> > >
> > > Was it rebuilt exactly the same?
> >
> > isnt the fire kinda how lawn-seating became
> > popular? I maybe wrong, but I dont think
> > lawn-seating was the "thing" it was before the
> > fire.
> >
> > Gourmet Giant bringing food to
> > ya.................sigh, the memories :)
>
> Paint in the electrical room.
> Spring 1983
> Typical maintenance fuck-up.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Date: March 21, 2013 05:31PM

From Local Kicks http://www.localkicks.com/article.jsp?ID=339

"The Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) stayed here during his month-long visit to Alexandria in 1824. Lafayette was commissioned a major general by Congress on July 31, 1777, and he met General Washington the next day. Not yet twenty, he was virtually adopted by Washington, fought with distinction in a number of battles throughout the Revolutionary War, and was with Washington at Yorktown for the defeat of Cornwallis. It is estimated that Lafayette, an unpaid volunteer, spent more than $200,000 of his private funds in assisting the colonies. Lafayette’s son, George Washington Montier de Lafayette (1779-1849), lived at Mount Vernon for five years as a member of the Washington family while his father was in prison during the French Revolution. President Monroe invited Lafayette back to the United States in 1824, and for more than a year his triumphal tour of the country provoked enthusiastic demonstrations without precedent in American history. Lafayette’s toast during his last visit to Alexandria is still appropriate: “The City of Alexandria -- May her prosperity and happiness more and more realize the fondest wishes of our venerated Washington.”

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fort Hunters and MV'ers 1970's ()
Date: March 21, 2013 06:07PM

Pictures of the moving variety:

Mount Vernon/Wessynton 74:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_iYWcw8498

Fort Hunt 75:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAqC0SqwKBs

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Facebook Thief ()
Date: March 21, 2013 09:12PM

I loved the skating video!

This is for my facebook friends that waited until the building was gone to take pictures. LOL
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Facebook Thief ()
Date: March 22, 2013 07:30PM

Charterhouse
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Berdhuis ()
Date: March 22, 2013 08:05PM

Pickett Wrote:
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> Pickett Shoppping Center 1970's


Thanks for that one, Pickett, saw Star Wars for the first time in 1977 at the theater tucked in the corner. Wow....

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Bad Karma ()
Date: March 22, 2013 09:58PM

Pickett Wrote:
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> Pickett Shoppping Center 1970's


That was a spring Sunday - I think April, in 1972. I went in there about 10 years ago and they had the article from the newspaper framed in the managers office.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Kings Parker ()
Date: March 23, 2013 10:22PM

Early 60's brochure for a Kings Park "King" model. I grew up in a "Duke" lol!
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Rory ()
Date: March 26, 2013 12:31AM

I am determine to keep this thread alive!! Where was the charthouse motel?? I never knew there was drive in on Little River in Fairfax those sign do look the same!!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: March 26, 2013 06:53AM

The Charter House was at the exit off Shirley Highway (395) at Edsall Road heading east. Over by the industrial area where the Marlo is located. It became more and more trashy as time went by...if you know what I mean.

Thanks for the picture, Fachbook Thief

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 26, 2013 02:40PM

OMG! That's what the heck it is!!! Thanks, Blanche. I knew it as the Imperial 400. The crappy hotel next to the old Dennys and Pizza Hut. Didnt there used to be a Zayre;s there?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: March 26, 2013 10:40PM

Rory, I agree with you. Let's keep this thread alive. I love seeing pics of what this area used to be like. FWIW, I remember when Hooes Rd. (pre-FX PKWY) had a one lane bridge just before Gambrill Rd. And farther East, down Hooes, there was the rickety railroad-tie bridge just past the insane hairpin turn. I can remember riding the school bus during snowy days and our bus driver would barely make the turns. Our bus would get dead quiet as we made our way down the turn and when we made it to the bridge we would all cheer for our bus driver. I think her name was Rose. She wore leather, fingerless gloves and took NO shit from us kids.

On that same stretch of Hooes Rd there was old ramshackle house that kept adding on with crappy plywood expansions, that house looked like a single family treehouse. I need to take a drive back there and see if it even exists anymore. Gotta love old Fairfax County!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Springfielder ()
Date: March 26, 2013 11:06PM

The Charter House was a very nice hotel in its day. It sat basically on the corner of Bren Mar Drive and had a decent restaurant. Behind it along Bren Mar Dr. were a bunch of apartment buildings. Next to the Charter House, going North along I-95, was a large parking lot where the Denny's and the Pizza Hut were located, then the Zayre's. I think the Zayre's sat behind a gas station which was on Edsall Rd.

Wow, I'd forgotten about the Zayre's!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: the virginian ()
Date: March 26, 2013 11:26PM

thanks for all these photos, lot of people still around,,anybody got photos of the shoot out on lee hwy, mc clubs, how bout when green valley used to run dragters by glebe rd,or the triumh ,bsa dealership,by parkinton, also looking for son of bill blooms cycle shop,your dad was part of the original arligton roadrunners mc ,fireworks in korvets parking lot,baileys, how about the three stone houses at bailys, thats why the windmill is still there, the bunny man also cursed 4 mile run paintin randolf ele.,flood of barcroft dam, agnes, still looking for rita,jefferson village, lohmans plaza, falls church people get your shit back together, to much sclitz beer, fom grand union

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old Dude ()
Date: March 26, 2013 11:33PM

Huntington Wrote:
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> Rory, I agree with you. Let's keep this thread
> alive. I love seeing pics of what this area used
> to be like. FWIW, I remember when Hooes Rd.
> (pre-FX PKWY) had a one lane bridge just before
> Gambrill Rd. And farther East, down Hooes, there
> was the rickety railroad-tie bridge just past the
> insane hairpin turn. I can remember riding the
> school bus during snowy days and our bus driver
> would barely make the turns. Our bus would get
> dead quiet as we made our way down the turn and
> when we made it to the bridge we would all cheer
> for our bus driver. I think her name was Rose.
> She wore leather, fingerless gloves and took NO
> shit from us kids.
>
> On that same stretch of Hooes Rd there was old
> ramshackle house that kept adding on with crappy
> plywood expansions, that house looked like a
> single family treehouse. I need to take a drive
> back there and see if it even exists anymore.
> Gotta love old Fairfax County!


Hooes used to be a great road for dumbass too fast teenage driving back then. That was one of our regular routes back then when a main activity was "just riding around" and gas cost nothing. Those turns claimed many piece of shit Chevelles and Novas in its day. lol

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: westlawn ()
Date: March 27, 2013 12:12AM

maybe someone still remembers doing the cloverleaf at rt. 50 an the beltway

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 27, 2013 10:45AM

Herndon VFD 1947
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 27, 2013 11:13AM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> so if you look at Pike 7 Plaza there, the blue
> part there is TJ Maxx. Red part is Staples.
> Anybody remember what was in the middle before
> DSW?


Orignially, there was Dart Drug on the left of the center, and a big Zayre's. Half of the Zayre's became the TJ Maxx (I worked at the Zayre's then), and when Zayre's closed, Tower Records moved in. Then Tower became smaller over time until it too disappeared.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 27, 2013 11:26AM

Looked back through the thread. Haven't seen these yet.
Gum Springs Ca. 1960.
Annandale 1960s.



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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 28, 2013 05:56AM

Found this while going through some stuff. Dulles is really Loudoun, but there are some Dulles pictures here already.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 28, 2013 05:58AM

The one thing that sticks in my memory from Transpo 72 for some reason is seeing the X-15 there. And riding on the demonstration train.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Geez i'm old ()
Date: March 28, 2013 01:25PM

Part of Dulles Airport is in Fairfax County.

Was that the event when one of The Thundrbirds crashed? I was out there that day, but am not sure if the crash wa sduring Transpo or some similar event.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Facebook Thief ()
Date: March 28, 2013 01:26PM

Rt. 1
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: March 28, 2013 07:42PM

Geez i'm old Wrote:
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> Part of Dulles Airport is in Fairfax County.
>
> Was that the event when one of The Thundrbirds
> crashed? I was out there that day, but am not
> sure if the crash wa sduring Transpo or some
> similar event.


Yes, the crash was during the Transpo. I can't believe its been 41 years!

Thanks GettinOld for the picture of Annandale circa 60s. My Dad and I were talking about Annandale Hardware -- the Star Supply Store -- the other day.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Jo ()
Date: March 29, 2013 12:11AM

Where is the picture of the trailer park on route 1?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 29, 2013 06:31AM

ABC store #294, Bailey's Crossroads, 1970. Betty Wilson becomes the first female clerk at a Virginia ABC store.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Facebook Thief ()
Date: March 29, 2013 05:12PM

Jo Wrote:
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> Where is the picture of the trailer park on route
> 1?


Frye Rd. .... It's still about the same. I'd attach a picture but My GoogleEarth is having some issue.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Lake Braddock82 ()
Date: March 29, 2013 08:47PM

I wonder how many coats of paint are on that structure.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: JustanFYI ()
Date: March 29, 2013 09:50PM

Lake Braddock82 Wrote:
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> I wonder how many coats of paint are on that
> structure.

That photo is 1982. So, ATLEAST 31. Add in any other years prior to that...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: JustCurious ()
Date: March 29, 2013 09:50PM

GettinOld Wrote:
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> Looked back through the thread. Haven't seen these
> yet.
> Gum Springs Ca. 1960.
> Annandale 1960s.

Do you know more about the photo other than "Gum Springs" circa 1960?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: bobabooie ()
Date: March 29, 2013 09:58PM

Facebook Thief Wrote:
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> Jo Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Where is the picture of the trailer park on
> route
> > 1?
>
>
> Frye Rd. .... It's still about the same. I'd
> attach a picture but My GoogleEarth is having some
> issue.


http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qfmtt38k6k7w&lvl=18&dir=0&sty=b&where1=22314%2C%20VA&form=LMLTCC

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: ville ()
Date: March 29, 2013 09:58PM

Lived here since 89 and I thought alot had changed since then. It was cool seeing all the old pics, homegrown Dave Grohl and his Mom....

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 29, 2013 10:06PM

JustCurious Wrote:
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> GettinOld Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Looked back through the thread. Haven't seen
> these
> > yet.
> > Gum Springs Ca. 1960.
> > Annandale 1960s.
>
> Do you know more about the photo other than "Gum
> Springs" circa 1960?

Unfortnately, no. It's here :
http://www.sfdc.org/media/image-library/gum-spings-c-1960/

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Audubon? ()
Date: March 29, 2013 11:58PM

I have no idea when Audubon Trailer park opened but could that possibly be the backside of the drive-in movie screen in that 1960 Gum Springs photo?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: WTF???? ()
Date: March 30, 2013 12:34AM

JustanFYI Wrote:
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> Lake Braddock82 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I wonder how many coats of paint are on that
> > structure.
>
> That photo is 1982. So, ATLEAST 31. Add in any
> other years prior to that...

The answer is 38. First graduating class at Lake Braddock was 1976!

Counting the Class of '76 and the current class of '13 the structure has been painted at least 38 times!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: lbss 4u2 ()
Date: March 30, 2013 05:35AM

WTF???? Wrote:
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> JustanFYI Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Lake Braddock82 Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > I wonder how many coats of paint are on that
> > > structure.
> >
> > That photo is 1982. So, ATLEAST 31. Add in
> any
> > other years prior to that...
>
> The answer is 38. First graduating class at Lake
> Braddock was 1976!
>
> Counting the Class of '76 and the current class of
> '13 the structure has been painted at least 38
> times!


There have been dozens of un-authorized paintings of that tower over the years. The county has several cameras with night vision capability keeping watch on it as it has been subject to vandals who have sought to make a variety of statements over the years.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: some things never change ()
Date: March 30, 2013 06:25AM

Burke lake in 1963. Those kids are in their 50's now lol!


Burke Lake Park Boat Launch Platform, circa 1963,” braddockheritage.org/, accessed March 30, 2013, http://braddockheritage.org/i
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Facebook Thief ()
Date: March 30, 2013 03:13PM

Beacon Field, now Beacon Mall.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: jbull0ck ()
Date: March 30, 2013 03:15PM

Isn't that Good Humor truck near what is now Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington? I seem to recall seeing the pic posted elsewhere attributed to that location where I grew up '67-'87 in the Waycroft- Woodlawn neighborhood.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: RowdyBurns ()
Date: March 30, 2013 04:31PM

some things never change Wrote:
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> Burke lake in 1963. Those kids are in their 50's
> now lol!
>
>
> Burke Lake Park Boat Launch Platform, circa
> 1963,” braddockheritage.org/, accessed March 30,
> 2013, http://braddockheritage.org/i

Those ducks must be in their 40's

Last i checked, the water is not that clear.

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I wonder if any of those boats in the pic are still in use? LoLz
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 30, 2013 06:52PM

@rowdy - it actually is pretty clear over there....at least on lake's edge

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: CapnVic ()
Date: March 31, 2013 09:24PM

That pic of the Korea Palace and the Texaco Gas Station at the corner of Pershing Drive and Washington Blvd, brings back memories. When We first moved to Virginia, we lived in Lee Gardens Apartments not one half mile down towards rt 50. The Texaco was a Sinclair Gas Station back in the late sixties. then it became a BP.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: CapnVic ()
Date: March 31, 2013 09:24PM

That pic of the Korea Palace and the Texaco Gas Station at the corner of Pershing Drive and Washington Blvd, brings back memories. When We first moved to Virginia, we lived in Lee Gardens Apartments not one half mile down towards rt 50. The Texaco was a Sinclair Gas Station back in the late sixties. then it became a BP.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Burke Lake Blues ()
Date: March 31, 2013 10:00PM

RowdyBurns Wrote:
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> some things never change Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Burke lake in 1963. Those kids are in their
> 50's
> > now lol!
> >
> >
> > Burke Lake Park Boat Launch Platform, circa
> > 1963,” braddockheritage.org/, accessed March
> 30,
> > 2013, http://braddockheritage.org/i
>
> Those ducks must be in their 40's
>
> Last i checked, the water is not that clear.


Definitely never looked that blue. It's been enhanced either using filters and developing at the time ad/or boosted later when transferred to digital.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Burke Brat ()
Date: March 31, 2013 11:05PM

its not a picture but seeing another thread about cell phones it reminds me of a few numbers.

936-1212 weather
347-4950 Fishy 50 Aircraft weather
???-1212 Time

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: March 31, 2013 11:30PM

Burke Brat Wrote:
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> ???-1212 Time


555
The infamous non-existent prefix always used on tv was the time prefix.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: old ()
Date: April 01, 2013 12:33AM

Burke Brat Wrote:
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> its not a picture but seeing another thread about
> cell phones it reminds me of a few numbers.
>
> 936-1212 weather
> 347-4950 Fishy 50 Aircraft weather
> ???-1212 Time


The funny thing was, you could dial the exchange (936 for weather, 555 for time) and then any four numbers and it would go through.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: At the tone, the time will be ()
Date: April 01, 2013 01:26AM

It was 844-1212 for time.

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Delta Dawn............... what's that flower you have on? Could it be that faded rose from days gone byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? LoLz
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: April 01, 2013 09:00AM

for the kids:

what they are talking about is before the interwebz and cellies, we cave people honestly, seriously had PHONE NUMBERS to call to get the time and get the weather.

NO JOKING! If you wanted to verify what time it was, you'd call and get a recording of some woman's voice that would repeat every ten seconds what time it was. (example "At the tone, the time will be 8: 42 and 40 seconds............beep!").

Same with weather - i'm sure you get the idea lol

just thought I'd put this out there cause some of the kids over here were asking about the numbers



anyways, found out something new this morning. Let's see if anyone remembers THIS (hint: the one on the left is still there. The one on the right got replaced in the mid-late 80s I think. And.................well I guess I know NOW why the one in the middle always looked different LoLz
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Posted by: GeezerDude ()
Date: April 01, 2013 09:41AM

It was 844-1212 for time.

In the ancent daze it was TIme 4-1212

And 936-1212 Was WEather 6-1212

And the picture is US-1 Occoquan crossing at Woodbridge.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: GettinOld ()
Date: April 01, 2013 10:07AM

GeezerDude Wrote:
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> It was 844-1212 for time.
>
> In the ancent daze it was TIme 4-1212
>
> And 936-1212 Was WEather 6-1212
>
> And the picture is US-1 Occoquan crossing at
> Woodbridge.


844-2525, not 1212. You're right about the 844, I screwed up on the 555, but it was 2525, to differentiate from the 1212

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Posted by: WingNut ()
Date: April 01, 2013 10:19AM

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: April 01, 2013 10:21AM

@gettin - not to nitpic, but around here, it was 1212 for both time and temp. Only the first 3 numbers changed between them. Or at least thats how it was in the last decade or so they did it LoLz. Not that it really mattered cause as someone else already pointed out, the last 4 numbers you could change and you'd still get the recordings. But yeah, both of them were advertised as being xxx-1212. http://ancientgardenerblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/remember-phone-number-for-weather.html

pic unrelated
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: April 01, 2013 10:22AM

about the bridge

bingo! And I never knew that the old "old" 123 bridge went out the same day the same way ! Check it!
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now THAT, my friends - looks difficult! LoLz
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: April 01, 2013 10:25AM

man, that was SOME party y'all had back then. Here's more aftermath.

edit - the hint of the location is in the subject line :)



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Geez!! Even Holmes Run got in the act
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: April 01, 2013 10:27AM

O.M.Goodness.................I cannot even imagine the amount of water that would fall from the sky that could give Holmes Run at this point enough power to do this
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