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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Cross in the road ()
Date: October 14, 2018 06:32PM

Western Fairfax County last summer on a quiet Sunday morning.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: October 17, 2018 04:58PM

I spent a fair amount of money at Pep Boys in Annandale trying to keep my beater cars running in the late 70s. We thought this trick was hilarious back in the 11th grade. I know it's stupid but it still cracks me up!
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Class of 1971 ()
Date: October 17, 2018 06:09PM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> I spent a fair amount of money at Pep Boys in
> Annandale trying to keep my beater cars running in
> the late 70s. We thought this trick was hilarious
> back in the 11th grade. I know it's stupid but it
> still cracks me up!


Know exactly where that place is. Remember the Old Spaghetti Mill?

These have been posted before, but worth another look.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Racial Profiling ()
Date: October 18, 2018 06:24PM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> I spent a fair amount of money at Pep Boys in
> Annandale trying to keep my beater cars running in
> the late 70s. We thought this trick was hilarious
> back in the 11th grade. I know it's stupid but it
> still cracks me up!

Those cartoon characters look like something that would be called offensive in a different context.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Emmett Grogan ()
Date: October 21, 2018 01:43AM

It doesn't matter how old you are, that Pep Boys matchbook gag is pretty danm funny!!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sgt. Hulka ()
Date: October 21, 2018 12:20PM

Racial Profiling wrote
>
> Those cartoon characters look like something that
> would be called offensive in a different context.

People just need to lighten up, and stopped being so offended.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: October 21, 2018 12:43PM

Old FFX love
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: October 21, 2018 12:49PM

Some mo FFX...
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Airliner ()
Date: October 21, 2018 01:44PM

Interesting to look at the mobile home park out Rt. 50 just before Loudoun County. Most of the street names are of airlines that are no longer in business.
Northeast, Northwest, Braniff, Pan Am, Trans World, La Nica, BOAC and National are the ones I see. I wonder if it was originally flop houses for flight crews who had to overnight at Dulles. Rent a room in a mobile home for cheap and sleep there maybe three times a week?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: No Flop Houses lol ()
Date: October 21, 2018 01:51PM

Starter homes in Nova, it was called that along with Airline Parkway as it near Dulles and the area was rural when it was developed, It still is a nice area, reasonably priced for the mobile home, however the lot rents are high and there are many rules on how old they can be as well as other things. It was considered far out in its day and now is considered close in

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Tonka Truck ()
Date: October 21, 2018 05:55PM

Airliner Wrote:
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> Interesting to look at the mobile home park out
> Rt. 50 just before Loudoun County. Most of the
> street names are of airlines that are no longer in
> business.
> Northeast, Northwest, Braniff, Pan Am, Trans
> World, La Nica, BOAC and National are the ones I
> see. I wonder if it was originally flop houses for
> flight crews who had to overnight at Dulles. Rent
> a room in a mobile home for cheap and sleep there
> maybe three times a week?


It was laid out to be temp housing for the construction workers building Dulles Airport back in the late 1950's

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Airliner ()
Date: October 21, 2018 06:04PM

Tonka Truck Wrote:
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> Airliner Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Interesting to look at the mobile home park out
> > Rt. 50 just before Loudoun County. Most of the
> > street names are of airlines that are no longer
> in
> > business.
> > Northeast, Northwest, Braniff, Pan Am, Trans
> > World, La Nica, BOAC and National are the ones
> I
> > see. I wonder if it was originally flop houses
> for
> > flight crews who had to overnight at Dulles.
> Rent
> > a room in a mobile home for cheap and sleep
> there
> > maybe three times a week?
>
>
> It was laid out to be temp housing for the
> construction workers building Dulles Airport back
> in the late 1950's


Well, there is an interesting bit of history. Thanks. A guy I shared an apartment with worked on the Airport expansion project. He got to babysit concrete in the cold months to make sure it was curing correctly!!!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Ujiveme ()
Date: October 21, 2018 06:34PM

Tonka Truck Wrote:
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> Airliner Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Interesting to look at the mobile home park out
> > Rt. 50 just before Loudoun County. Most of the
> > street names are of airlines that are no longer
> in
> > business.
> > Northeast, Northwest, Braniff, Pan Am, Trans
> > World, La Nica, BOAC and National are the ones
> I
> > see. I wonder if it was originally flop houses
> for
> > flight crews who had to overnight at Dulles.
> Rent
> > a room in a mobile home for cheap and sleep
> there
> > maybe three times a week?
>
>
> It was laid out to be temp housing for the
> construction workers building Dulles Airport back
> in the late 1950's


Really?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Crossroads Complexion ()
Date: October 21, 2018 06:38PM

Cross in the road Wrote:
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> Western Fairfax County last summer on a quiet
> Sunday morning.


Last summer as in 40 summers ago. As in 4 score 10 years ago Fairfax County. As in western most edges of Rt 50? Which western edge would that be?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Greybeard ()
Date: October 21, 2018 09:57PM

Tonka Truck Wrote:
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> It was laid out to be temp housing for the
> construction workers building Dulles Airport back
> in the late 1950's

NOT challenging your assertion, just wondering: got any more info? Link/book reference? I've read the book about Dulles but don't think it was in there. For some reason I find this stuff fascinating.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: October 22, 2018 03:42AM

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: October 22, 2018 06:59AM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> .


Wasn't there something "interesting" about Olin F. Sanders on Fractured Fairfax?

That substation on Ravensworth Road was always a cluserf.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Just Another Old Fart ()
Date: October 22, 2018 05:40PM

Yes there was (and still is). Here's a contemporaneous news account.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: October 24, 2018 05:16PM

troop 859 Springfield Va, date unknown.
Posted primarily for the VW sighting.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old Iron ()
Date: October 24, 2018 05:36PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> troop 859 Springfield Va, date unknown.
> Posted primarily for the VW sighting.

Looks to be 1970 or 1972 because of the license plates on the VW and the Corvair

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: slim ()
Date: October 24, 2018 08:19PM

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: October 26, 2018 11:23AM

1968 old Fairfax jail with building being torn down next to it. Thanks to Karen Piel for pic.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: October 26, 2018 11:25AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZnuo0ZftAc

1924 silent movie filmed in Fairfax county by the Ford motor company. Thanks to Fairfax city library. "The road to happiness"

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Where is that road? ()
Date: October 26, 2018 01:58PM

I liked the film quite a bit.
The first eleven minutes of the host telling us how clever they were correcting tracking errors on videotape and such could easily have been deleted.
If anyone knows exactly where the road to happiness is please let us know.
Most drivers in Fairfax county today are stuck in traffic or on some detour not anywhere near that destination.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: VLTEX ()
Date: October 26, 2018 02:46PM

Someone needs to splice up a version of that film with the Hitler ranting meme.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: October 27, 2018 06:47AM


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Yadayadayada ()
Date: October 27, 2018 07:56AM

Fairfax Fred Wrote:
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> 1968 old Fairfax jail with building being torn
> down next to it. Thanks to Karen Piel for pic.


I think that might be the old Methodist church being torn down. Looking at it from West St with 123 on the other side of the building. Just a guess. Love the picture! Thx FF.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: October 27, 2018 09:55AM

The old Beverly mill. Its still there but the Gulf station is gone. You can see it today from westbound I-66 after Haymarket but before the Plains on your right hand side.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: ghngggg ()
Date: October 27, 2018 10:01AM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> The old Beverly mill. Its still there but the Gulf
> station is gone. You can see it today from
> westbound I-66 after Haymarket but before the
> Plains on your right hand side.


The old building that housed the gas station is still there...at one time, it housed a small "curio" type shop, maybe in the 60's before 66 was cut through.

This shows rt 55 before 66 was cut through, Rt 55 still parallels 66 from Gainesville to Strasburg. Cool old country road.

As a matter of fact, until the early 2000's, in the town of Plains on rt 55, you could still see signs for Dulles Airport "that way", which predated rt 66.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: October 27, 2018 10:35AM

The original Manassas airport. Now Manaport shopping center on business 234.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: October 27, 2018 10:42AM

ghngggg Wrote:
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> Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> > The old Beverly mill. Its still there but the
> Gulf
> > station is gone. You can see it today from
> > westbound I-66 after Haymarket but before the
> > Plains on your right hand side.
>
>
> The old building that housed the gas station is
> still there...at one time, it housed a small
> "curio" type shop, maybe in the 60's before 66 was
> cut through.
>
> This shows rt 55 before 66 was cut through, Rt 55
> still parallels 66 from Gainesville to Strasburg.
> Cool old country road.
>
> As a matter of fact, until the early 2000's, in
> the town of Plains on rt 55, you could still see
> signs for Dulles Airport "that way", which
> predated rt 66.


There is still one of those old signs left. Well, I saw it about a year ago anyway. I think it's in Marshall just east of Belvoir road on rt 55.

http://www.alpsroads.net/roads/va/va_55/
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: October 27, 2018 05:35PM

From FCPD website. It that a English Ford up front?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: causeican ()
Date: October 28, 2018 02:42PM

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: ,. ()
Date: October 28, 2018 09:58PM

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: THKEM ()
Date: November 01, 2018 12:01AM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> ghngggg Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Andy Ratlips Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > The old Beverly mill. Its still there but the
> > Gulf
> > > station is gone. You can see it today from
> > > westbound I-66 after Haymarket but before the
> > > Plains on your right hand side.
> >
> >
> > The old building that housed the gas station is
> > still there...at one time, it housed a small
> > "curio" type shop, maybe in the 60's before 66
> was
> > cut through.
> >
> > This shows rt 55 before 66 was cut through, Rt
> 55
> > still parallels 66 from Gainesville to
> Strasburg.
> > Cool old country road.
> >
> > As a matter of fact, until the early 2000's, in
> > the town of Plains on rt 55, you could still
> see
> > signs for Dulles Airport "that way", which
> > predated rt 66.
>
>
> There is still one of those old signs left. Well,
> I saw it about a year ago anyway. I think it's in
> Marshall just east of Belvoir road on rt 55.
>
> http://www.alpsroads.net/roads/va/va_55/

Make that two, as one more survives on westbound Little River Tnpk prior to Old Columbia Pike.
https://goo.gl/maps/DLnvtf5RTwE2

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: mkitzman ()
Date: November 02, 2018 03:09PM

Wasn't there in 37 but was in 53.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: mkitzman ()
Date: November 02, 2018 03:11PM


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 03, 2018 08:35AM

A peaceful subdivision in Reston.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 03, 2018 08:43AM

Date unknown.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old Iron ()
Date: November 03, 2018 04:48PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> A peaceful subdivision in Reston.


Circa 1972?

That is my guess.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Greybeard ()
Date: November 03, 2018 08:54PM

Old Iron Wrote:
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> Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> > A peaceful subdivision in Reston.
>
>
> Circa 1972?
>
> That is my guess.

Anyone know where? Would love to see a picture now! (With 70-foot trees, no doubt)

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Skeptic.......... ()
Date: November 03, 2018 09:19PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> A peaceful subdivision in Reston.


Is it? How do you know? This could be any planned community that was built in the 60's and 70's all over the United States.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: X9Y7M ()
Date: November 03, 2018 11:27PM

THKEM Wrote:
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> Make that two, as one more survives on westbound
> Little River Tnpk prior to Old Columbia Pike.
> https://goo.gl/maps/DLnvtf5RTwE2

There's another one further west on Little River in Annandale, and I remember seeing one ~15 years ago in Arlington near the Marine Corps Memorial.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: google maperator ()
Date: November 04, 2018 05:03AM

Greybeard Wrote:
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> Old Iron Wrote:
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> > Andy Ratlips Wrote:
> >
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> > -----
> > > A peaceful subdivision in Reston.
> >
> >
> > Circa 1972?
> >
> > That is my guess.
>
> Anyone know where? Would love to see a picture
> now! (With 70-foot trees, no doubt)


https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9704608,-77.3296104,3a,75y,12.78h,98.94t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sQhTgqHtgW1b_yKk0U4iLhw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Greybeard ()
Date: November 04, 2018 08:28PM

google maperator Wrote:
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Way cool, thanks! I was right, trees grew a wee bit...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Emmett Grogan ()
Date: November 05, 2018 11:39PM

FROM VDOT:
Lincolnia was still a sparsely populated area of Fairfax County when the top photo was taken in 1948. Work was underway on a bridge to take traffic from Route 236 over the new Route 350 being built below. When this section of the Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway opened a year later, it was Virginia’s first limited access freeway, providing two lanes of travel in both directions separated by a grass median - quite a novelty at the time! Changes were soon to come, as this land was annexed by Alexandria in the 1950s and the bridge had to be reconstructed to meet standards of the new Interstate system. About 53,000 vehicles now cross the Duke Street bridge each day in this densely populated area of Northern Virginia. I-395 below carries another 190,000 vehicles daily. #TBT #VDOT
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: 4w4kh ()
Date: November 08, 2018 09:19AM

4w4kh

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 09, 2018 04:33PM

1951 Washington Star
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 09, 2018 04:38PM

Date unknown.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: hfteu ()
Date: November 10, 2018 10:55PM

on pg 90 there's a what's this with 2 rows of round things. i'll guess tanks or (small) silos. in the 80's fairfax city still had silos and people bough (seed) from them.

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here i look at the thing i begin to notice the outer shell is likely all wood. In the inside appears to be some kind of rods, perhaps iron pipes used in plumbing back then, or maybe large "pins" (that would hinge large equip or bridge?) held inside the box.

what looks like a complex machine is just wood quickly hammered into place for shipping - difficult to see due to the photo quality. the side of the box is torn.

that's my guess.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: hfteu ()
Date: November 10, 2018 11:08PM

either that or they are considered low enough in the ground to be "kaisons" (earth rods to hold the weight of a foundation), the wood is supposed to hold concrete - the contour on the side (hole) is for another part of the structure. and they are about to pour concrete over it? if so i have no idea why it'd be held by wood - they'd be drive in ground and not need holding.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: helllloo in radio land ()
Date: November 10, 2018 11:14PM

Don't know what that is...but, it seems it is at the end of that bridge.

up until the early 2000s, maybe 9/11 was the end of of it, there used to be "POAC", which was Pentagon Officers Athletic Club, which was an adaptive reuse of some other underground thing right there at the bridge that goes over 110 as it passes the pentagon, so, maybe this was some equipment that was part of that underground areas original use, maybe HVAC?

Who knows.

Here is something ive often wondered-for many years, I took GW parkway northbound, getting off at 123.

As I rounded the turnoff from GWP to 123 heading towards mclean, the stone guardrail on the right has been "under renovation" or repair, like, every year.

I mentioned this to a friend like 10 yrs ago...and then they started noticing...like, almost always "under repair"...fixed, then, another renovation.

Its not really in an area that would receive any more damage than any place else on the bridge, or the PW for that matter.

Jokingly, we wonder if they are putting some sort of equipment in there related to the CIA right down the road, like pop up bollards or something.

Na probs not.

But weird.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: cement ()
Date: November 10, 2018 11:16PM

The wood could be frames for cement formers (in the above pentagon pic)

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Emmett Grogan ()
Date: November 10, 2018 11:47PM

That photo of the Dunn Loring station shows soldiers standing on the platform. They are doubtless from nearby Camp Alger, which would place the picture from between 1898 and 1900.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: gbw ()
Date: November 11, 2018 12:13AM

hfteu Wrote:

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> src=http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/file.p
> hp?2,file=323244,filename=1964810_696782960344265_
> 1102843218_n.jpg>
>
> here i look at the thing i begin to notice the
> outer shell is likely all wood. In the inside
> appears to be some kind of rods, perhaps iron
> pipes used in plumbing back then, or maybe large
> "pins" (that would hinge large equip or bridge?)
> held inside the box.
>
> what looks like a complex machine is just wood
> quickly hammered into place for shipping -
> difficult to see due to the photo quality. the
> side of the box is torn.
>
> that's my guess.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8755148,-77.0573594,3a,75y,156.22h,80.19t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sLrwsy447NISKaZrKCwfh-g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: gbw ()
Date: November 11, 2018 12:39AM

hfteu Wrote:
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> on pg 90 there's a what's this with 2 rows of
> round things. i'll guess tanks or (small) silos.
> in the 80's fairfax city still had silos and
> people bough (seed) from them.
>

This person thinks otherwise

http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/read/2/1009677/2735263.html#msg-2735263

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 11, 2018 06:39AM

The original.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 11, 2018 09:18AM

Herndon 1960 and today.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: mmkje ()
Date: November 11, 2018 11:27AM

Emmett Grogan Wrote:
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> That photo of the Dunn Loring station shows
> soldiers standing on the platform. They are
> doubtless from nearby Camp Alger, which would
> place the picture from between 1898 and 1900.

If you look closely, you notice that it is a drawing rather than a photograph. Could have been drawn during the period stated, or sometime well after. Also you state 1898 to 1900 for Camp Alger. The historic marker indicates that due to disease Camp Alger was closed and was sold off in 1898, so would not have existed in 1899 or 1900.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Pre - 9/11 ()
Date: November 11, 2018 01:55PM

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> here i look at the thing i begin to notice the
> outer shell is likely all wood. In the inside
> appears to be some kind of rods, perhaps iron
> pipes used in plumbing back then, or maybe large
> "pins" (that would hinge large equip or bridge?)
> held inside the box.
>
> what looks like a complex machine is just wood
> quickly hammered into place for shipping -
> difficult to see due to the photo quality. the
> side of the box is torn.
>
> that's my guess.


The rods your see are what is known as "re-bar"

Steel bars set up inside a concrete form before it is poured to reinforce the strength of concrete structure.

This is the concrete bridge that connected the Pentagon to the large parking lot on the other side of RT 110.

The photo was taken during WWII.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: gbw ()
Date: November 11, 2018 03:07PM

Pre - 9/11 Wrote:
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> > here i look at the thing i begin to notice the
> > outer shell is likely all wood. In the inside
> > appears to be some kind of rods, perhaps iron
> > pipes used in plumbing back then, or maybe
> large
> > "pins" (that would hinge large equip or
> bridge?)
> > held inside the box.
> >
> > what looks like a complex machine is just wood
> > quickly hammered into place for shipping -
> > difficult to see due to the photo quality. the
> > side of the box is torn.
> >
> > that's my guess.
>
>
> The rods your see are what is known as "re-bar"
>
> Steel bars set up inside a concrete form before it
> is poured to reinforce the strength of concrete
> structure.
>
> This is the concrete bridge that connected the
> Pentagon to the large parking lot on the other
> side of RT 110.
>
> The photo was taken during WWII.

No, it is not the bridge to the North Parking Lot. That bridge runs East-West (ish). The link I provided shows the structure in question, which clearly runs North-South and aligns with the Pentagon as does the one in the the OPs photograph.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Hey Dummy 9/11 is right ()
Date: November 11, 2018 04:23PM

gbw Wrote:
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> Pre - 9/11 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > here i look at the thing i begin to notice
> the
> > > outer shell is likely all wood. In the
> inside
> > > appears to be some kind of rods, perhaps iron
> > > pipes used in plumbing back then, or maybe
> > large
> > > "pins" (that would hinge large equip or
> > bridge?)
> > > held inside the box.
> > >
> > > what looks like a complex machine is just
> wood
> > > quickly hammered into place for shipping -
> > > difficult to see due to the photo quality.
> the
> > > side of the box is torn.
> > >
> > > that's my guess.
> >
> >
> > The rods your see are what is known as "re-bar"
> >
> > Steel bars set up inside a concrete form before
> it
> > is poured to reinforce the strength of concrete
> > structure.
> >
> > This is the concrete bridge that connected the
> > Pentagon to the large parking lot on the other
> > side of RT 110.
> >
> > The photo was taken during WWII.
>
> No, it is not the bridge to the North Parking Lot.
> That bridge runs East-West (ish). The link I
> provided shows the structure in question, which
> clearly runs North-South and aligns with the
> Pentagon as does the one in the the OPs
> photograph.

You are confused, and don't know what you are talking about.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Thread Preserver ()
Date: November 11, 2018 04:32PM

Who cares which plywood and rebar forms they are?
This is one of the only remaining civil and meaningful threads left on Ffx UG.
Let's try and ignore silly babies .

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: ITYM ()
Date: November 11, 2018 08:49PM

hfteu Wrote:
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> either that or they are considered low enough in
> the ground to be "kaisons" (earth rods to hold the
> weight of a foundation), the wood is supposed to
> hold concrete - the contour on the side (hole) is
> for another part of the structure. and they are
> about to pour concrete over it? if so i have no
> idea why it'd be held by wood - they'd be drive in
> ground and not need holding.

"caissons". And that's not exactly what a caisson is, though it's an understandable confusion. Looks like cribbing to me.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Hey Dummy 9/11 is wrong ()
Date: November 11, 2018 09:04PM

Hey Dummy 9/11 is right Wrote:
>
> You are confused, and don't know what you are
> talking about.

Yes it is quite obvious that the bridge over 110 is oriented like the structure under construction.... https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8763215,-77.0521031,3a,75y,241.62h,96.04t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sDrJbvX7F14Rh-TqsnCnQSA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Can you tell me what other famous image was taken from this location?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Failed Attempt - Try again ()
Date: November 11, 2018 09:18PM

Hey Dummy 9/11 is wrong Wrote:
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> Hey Dummy 9/11 is right Wrote:
> >
> > You are confused, and don't know what you are
> > talking about.
>
> Yes it is quite obvious that the bridge over 110
> is oriented like the structure under
> construction....
> https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8763215,-77.052103
> 1,3a,75y,241.62h,96.04t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sDrJbvX
> 7F14Rh-TqsnCnQSA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
>
> Can you tell me what other famous image was taken
> from this location?

Wrong angle on this photo, and not the bridge in question.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Historian ()
Date: November 11, 2018 11:03PM

I bet nobody can guess what year this was...

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: And your point is? ()
Date: November 11, 2018 11:23PM

What does it matter?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Popeyes Customer ()
Date: November 13, 2018 12:28AM


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Yumsomecan ()
Date: November 13, 2018 05:28AM

hfteu Wrote:
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> on pg 90 there's a what's this with 2 rows of
> round things. i'll guess tanks or (small) silos.
> in the 80's fairfax city still had silos and
> people bough (seed) from them.
>
> src=http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/file.p
> hp?2,file=323244,filename=1964810_696782960344265_
> 1102843218_n.jpg>
>
> here i look at the thing i begin to notice the
> outer shell is likely all wood. In the inside
> appears to be some kind of rods, perhaps iron
> pipes used in plumbing back then, or maybe large
> "pins" (that would hinge large equip or bridge?)
> held inside the box.
>
> what looks like a complex machine is just wood
> quickly hammered into place for shipping -
> difficult to see due to the photo quality. the
> side of the box is torn.
>
> that's my guess.

Did anyone notice the train track running under the bridge? That ought to clear things up for those who know our track history.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Emmett Grogan ()
Date: November 13, 2018 10:03PM

I believe that those railroad tracks adjacent to the Pentagon were part of a spur line, probably from Rosslyn, built to carry coal to the Pentagon power plant. They also generated steam for heating there.

In addition to having their own power plant, the Pentagon also used to have their own sewage treatment plant.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Mike O’Spewak ()
Date: November 13, 2018 10:38PM

The Metro sure has come a long way since the 1950’s!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Good catch ()
Date: November 14, 2018 06:24PM

Yumsomecan Wrote:
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> hfteu Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > on pg 90 there's a what's this with 2 rows of
> > round things. i'll guess tanks or (small)
> silos.
> > in the 80's fairfax city still had silos and
> > people bough (seed) from them.
> >
> > >
> src=http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/file.p
>
> >
> hp?2,file=323244,filename=1964810_696782960344265_
>
> > 1102843218_n.jpg>
> >
> > here i look at the thing i begin to notice the
> > outer shell is likely all wood. In the inside
> > appears to be some kind of rods, perhaps iron
> > pipes used in plumbing back then, or maybe
> large
> > "pins" (that would hinge large equip or
> bridge?)
> > held inside the box.
> >
> > what looks like a complex machine is just wood
> > quickly hammered into place for shipping -
> > difficult to see due to the photo quality. the
> > side of the box is torn.
> >
> > that's my guess.
>
> Did anyone notice the train track running under
> the bridge? That ought to clear things up for
> those who know our track history.


Good catch! That rail system was shut down in the late 1950's and the rail bed became the asphalt bike trail that runs along the Potomac.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: MetroDC ()
Date: November 15, 2018 07:00AM

Sorry to burst your bubble but METRO did not exist in Washington DC area until the 1970's.There was the underground train that transported the House and Senate staff to their buildings, but METRO was not around in the 1950's.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: mgnut ()
Date: November 15, 2018 07:39AM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> The original.


Is that Davis General Store at Wolf Run Shoals and Clifton Road? The Davis General Store is there but its a more modern facility.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Time marches on ()
Date: November 15, 2018 08:54AM

Good catch Wrote:
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> Good catch! That rail system was shut down in the
> late 1950's and the rail bed became the asphalt
> bike trail that runs along the Potomac.

The Mt Vernon Trail was built to get bicycles off the GW Parkway. I'm not aware that it was a rails-to-trails thing at all But there was this forty years ago...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1978/10/31/private-rail-car-near-pentagon-stirs-envy-of-all/a64480ed-6d49-4982-b5ea-d5e1a7fa8bdf/?utm_term=.d8bd74156d7b

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: mgnut ()
Date: November 15, 2018 01:34PM

Mike O’Spewak Wrote:
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> The Metro sure has come a long way since the
> 1950’s!
>


DC metro started in 1976.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Clifton resident 1963 ()
Date: November 17, 2018 08:10AM

mgnut Wrote:
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> Andy Ratlips Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > The original.
>
>
> Is that Davis General Store at Wolf Run Shoals and
> Clifton Road? The Davis General Store is there
> but its a more modern facility.


It burned at one time and was rebuilt by a insurance company. 60s I think.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 17, 2018 08:34AM

Yearbook pic.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Time marches on ()
Date: November 17, 2018 11:45AM

The guy on the left would likely be sent for sensitivity training today. Unless they were dating or something. Otherwise, cute kids. Probably all on Social Security these days, but hopefully with a lot of good memories to enjoy.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Old Iron ()
Date: November 17, 2018 11:55AM

I think 94 octane was as good as it got at Scot. We went to Sunoco for 100 octane gasoline that our big block Mopars needed.

Great photo - Thanks!
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: D Wooderson ()
Date: November 17, 2018 06:43PM

In 1979 I used to cruise Annandale in my musclecar, listening to Bob Segar full blast on my 8 track. Pulled a lot of ass and won a lot of races. Back then I loved those high school girls, man. I got older, they stayed the same age.


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Miss Va 1984 ()
Date: November 17, 2018 08:42PM

3 Lanes on I-495 then by the Van Dorn exit heading to the WW bridge

I guess it Miss Va that's what the tag was lol
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Helen J ()
Date: November 17, 2018 09:24PM

Miss Va 1984 Wrote:
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> 3 Lanes on I-495 then by the Van Dorn exit heading
> to the WW bridge
>
> I guess it Miss Va that's what the tag was lol


I’m sorry, but you must be mistaken. That CLEARLY is NOT the I-495.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Lynn Conia ()
Date: November 18, 2018 04:34AM

That is 495, but it’s clearly 4 lanes, not 3.

You can’t see it in the photo, but that’s the area where you can see the tower of the Virginia Episcopal Seminary. The building was temporarily McClelland’s HQ during the war of northern aggression.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Another Thought ()
Date: November 18, 2018 01:34PM

Lynn Conia Wrote:
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> That is 495, but it’s clearly 4 lanes, not 3.
>
> You can’t see it in the photo, but that’s the
> area where you can see the tower of the Virginia
> Episcopal Seminary. The building was temporarily
> McClelland’s HQ during the war of northern
> aggression.

I don't usually get involved with squabbles, but that section of the Beltway is actually tagged as I-95.

Starting in the Springfield I-95 splits off to the Wilson Bridge, and I-495 heads off to Tyson's and the Cabin John Bridge.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 18, 2018 01:53PM

Arlington 1988. Anybody know where in Arlington?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 18, 2018 02:03PM

Motel 50 on route 50 Arlington Va, date unknown. I wonder if this building still exists?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: November 18, 2018 02:08PM

The Pizza Pub picture looks like the Dominion Hills Shopping Center where the Nazi got his due...

Is the Motel Fifty still there?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: In 1984 ()
Date: November 18, 2018 02:20PM

>but that section of the Beltway is actually tagged as I-95.

It was the Beltway I 495 the I-95 name came about lately to avoid confusion to I-95 thru travelers .

It still is I-495 and I-95 with I-95 on the major signage, I know people who have been here over 50 years and now they are the ones confused lol

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Not my hood but I'm familiar ()
Date: November 18, 2018 02:29PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Motel 50 on route 50 Arlington Va, date unknown. I
> wonder if this building still exists?

Ya, it still exists....for the time being. Plans already underway for a high rise to go up in its place soon.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8909638,-77.0766297,3a,90y,344.07h,92.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sbQMYIEzTkisErtQm5rHqRw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: I-95 EXPERT ()
Date: November 18, 2018 02:34PM

In 1984 Wrote:
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> >but that section of the Beltway is actually
> tagged as I-95.
>
> It was the Beltway I 495 the I-95 name came about
> lately to avoid confusion to I-95 thru travelers
> .
>
> It still is I-495 and I-95 with I-95 on the major
> signage, I know people who have been here over 50
> years and now they are the ones confused lol


That photo with the T-Bird and the brown Honda is I-95, and has always been known as I-95

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Andy Ratlips ()
Date: November 18, 2018 02:36PM

Tysons corner shopping center 1968. Looks like most of the parking spots are taken.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Time marches on ()
Date: November 18, 2018 02:44PM

Like I-66, I-95 was at one point planned to plow right through downtown. When those plans were scuttled, it became prudent to put I-95 signage along I-495 in Maryland. No point in sending thru-traffic winding through the Rock Creek Rollrcoaster.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Not my hood but I'm familiar ()
Date: November 18, 2018 02:58PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Tysons corner shopping center 1968. Looks like
> most of the parking spots are taken.


1968. There was nothing much west of Tysons, Vienna and Fairfax. Just farms and some newer home communities (Greenbriar for example). No Fair Oaks Mall (built in the 80's), no Hechingers (70's) or KMart on Jermantowne Road. Not much of anything. People that lived out Rt. 50 drove into Vienna to go to Southern States for their home improvement and lawn care needs. They drove into Tysons to "The Mall" to do their clothes and home goods shopping.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Helen J ()
Date: November 18, 2018 03:23PM

In 1984 Wrote:
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> >but that section of the Beltway is actually
> tagged as I-95.
>
> It was the Beltway I 495 the I-95 name came about
> lately to avoid confusion to I-95 thru travelers
> .
>
> It still is I-495 and I-95 with I-95 on the major
> signage, I know people who have been here over 50
> years and now they are the ones confused lol

Like I said, clearly you were wrong. Its ok to admit it instead of making up justifications for your mistake.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Fairfax Fred ()
Date: November 18, 2018 03:56PM

Andy Ratlips Wrote:
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> Tysons corner shopping center 1968. Looks like
> most of the parking spots are taken.


Is that Pimmit hills in the lower left hand area of that pic??

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Jason L ()
Date: November 18, 2018 04:07PM

Here’s a group of us hanging out near Herndon High School in 1976. We actually drank beer at 17 and nobody cared. Boy have times changed since then!


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: McMurphy ()
Date: November 18, 2018 04:37PM

Helen J Wrote:
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> Miss Va 1984 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > 3 Lanes on I-495 then by the Van Dorn exit
> heading
> > to the WW bridge
> >
> > I guess it Miss Va that's what the tag was lol
>
>
> I’m sorry, but you must be mistaken. That
> CLEARLY is NOT the I-495.


Can we end this? Helen J has become overly excited, and needs a time out with her comfort dog.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Helen J ()
Date: November 18, 2018 05:13PM

McMurphy Wrote:
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> Helen J Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Miss Va 1984 Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > 3 Lanes on I-495 then by the Van Dorn exit
> > heading
> > > to the WW bridge
> > >
> > > I guess it Miss Va that's what the tag was
> lol
> >
> >
> > I’m sorry, but you must be mistaken. That
> > CLEARLY is NOT the I-495.
>
>
> Can we end this? Helen J has become overly
> excited, and needs a time out with her comfort
> dog.

I’m not excited, I am just calling you on your mistake and you cannot seem to accept the fact that you are wrong. Probably a Trump voter as well.

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