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Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:01AM

What was Taco Bell before it was converted? BONUS: What happened to the original building?

What was Wal-Mart before it was converted?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Sunny D ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:20AM

I know that Wal-Mart was Kmart back in the day....

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:23AM

Sunny D Wrote:
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> I know that Wal-Mart was Kmart back in the day....


True. BONUS: What was it BEFORE it was a KMart?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:30AM

This one is easier but throw in, what was Kohls before it was Kohls?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BurkeBorn ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:30AM

Wal-Mart was K-Mart and before that it was a Bradley's

Taco Bell has always been Taco Bell hasn't it? Maybe it was a KFC before then? That McDonald's has been there forever. There was also an Old Library back in that area that burned down way back in the day.

Here is one for you JBass - What was the McDonald's at the corner of Old Keene Mill and Burke Centre Before it was a McDonalds?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BurkeBorn ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:31AM

Khols was a Hechingers. I am on fire today!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:31AM

And what was La Tolteca before it was La Tolteca?
and...Where was the only hotel in Burke located?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:32AM

McDonalds was a Roy Rogers. The unofficial LB hang-out

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BurkeBorn ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:34AM

Wasn't La Tolteca a pizza hut before?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:38AM

La Tolteca was a Pizza Hut. I also apologize for that question b/c I realize it's ffx station, not burke. But you still get the point.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BurkeBorn ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:39AM

Where is the dividing line between Burke and Fairfax Station? It is 123 right?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:41AM

I got a really good one. Where did this guy have a pizza restaurant? (I met him many times, he lived off Shiplett). ps, the one with the gun, not the other guy!

http://www.famouspictures.org/mag/index.php?title=Vietnam_Execution

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:43AM

I think it's 123 and then the parkway (formerly Pohick Road). I'm trying to thnk if there are any exceptions

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Rebecca ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:44AM

Taco Bell was the library. A funny little round building if I remember correctly. It burned down.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:49AM

Im pretty sure 123 splits Burke and Fairfax designations, for the post offices anyhow.

BurkeBorn is indeed on fire. Byadleys, Check. Khols was Hechingers, Check! Tolteca was indeed Pizza Hut and Yes, Taco Bell was build on the old burned down library spot.

I remember Tippy Taco and Burger King on either side of where Planet Play used to be but for the life in me dont know what was actually there before Planet Play. Probably a nail salon. At the corner of that row there is a Barber shop ( I think it its still a barber shop anyhow) What was it before that? There have been a few things, including at least one crappy eat-in order at the counter restaurant... Any takers?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:50AM

Barber shop = a Spaghetti Shop!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:52AM

Chris Wrote:
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> Barber shop = a Spaghetti Shop!


And before that Errols Videos then after it was a Blockbuster. Why do I remember this shit and forget to call my sister on her birthday?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:53AM

Holy crap, Erols! Remember when half of people had erols.com emails and the other half aol?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:54AM

So the Burke Hotel location and location of the Vietnamese General's pizza store are still out there.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:57AM

And the Burke Hotel is a bit of a different question because no doubt that none of us were alive to have ever seen it.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Jack Hoff ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:59AM

Kohls was a Hechingers but inbetween it was some kind of discount furniture store, didnt last long.
Please bring back the Burger King.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:01AM

Man Chris, I never knew that guy owned a pizza place in Burke. Possibly it was the place next to the Wild Bird Center? I cant think of a hotel, either. Racking my brain here.

What was Chipotle? and before that, BACK in the day? A convenience store, who knows THAT places name?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Jack Hoff ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:04AM

Chipotles was a Boston Market and before that a Highs store if you can believe that

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:08AM

Here's one for those in the know, what was the pizza place next to Giant in downtown Burke? We'd go there between weigh-ins and evening wrestling matches (since we starved ourselves to make weight).

Moving to Rolling Valley Mall: name the store where Shopper's is now. What were the two anchor stores on the opposite end of the mall?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:08AM

Jack Hoff Wrote:
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> Chipotles was a Boston Market and before that a
> Highs store if you can believe that


Boom, Got it. How about the adjacent Starbucks, it was a .....?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BurkeBorn ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:10AM

The barber shop before it was a spaghetti store was a baskin robbins. They made awesome root beer floats.

That baskin Robbins moved next to the Safeway off Burke Centre Parkway and is now either the music store there or the ABC store.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:10AM

Got another good one. What was the Starbucks between Ho's Dynasty and Giant off Burke Centre?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:11AM

Jack Hoff Wrote:
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> Chipotles was a Boston Market and before that a
> Highs store if you can believe that


Yeah, I can believe it...we'd stop by High's on our way to 7-11.

Is Chuck E. Cheese's still there? We hated that we weren't allowed in except w/ a parent...like any parent is going to bring their teenagers there just to play video games!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:12AM

General Execution's restaurant was not the Wild Bird Center. He had to close it down after getting death threats when the "We didn't start the Fire" Billy Joel song came out because that pic was in the video.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:15AM

Chris Wrote:
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> I got a really good one. Where did this guy have
> a pizza restaurant? (I met him many times, he
> lived off Shiplett). ps, the one with the gun,
> not the other guy!
>
> http://www.famouspictures.org/mag/index.php?title=
> Vietnam_Execution

It was in Rolling Valley Mall. I ate there more than a few times in my youth. A slice of pie and a coke was all I could afford; I had to save my quarters for Defender, Joust, Asteroids, etc., at Dart Drug.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:17AM

Was Butt's Corner in Burke? I remember when I was young finding a case of Molson beer near the 7-11 Dumpster. It was all frozen, and a couple bottles were broken and then when it melted (in my closet) there was this floating stuff in it. But I drank it warm anyway and would think I was drunk off just one beer.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:18AM

Correct, theShadowToo. Back when that was an indoor mall are with that awesome pet store.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:20AM

Dart Drug! Awesome. Where that Furniture store is now that is always going out of business. When I was a kid I thought Dart Drug and Target were the same store.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Scott ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:22AM

I believe the Pizza place in downtown Burke was Pepperoni Stick

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Scott ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:24AM

OK here's one:

What was the name of the ice cream place around the corner from the 7-11 in downtown Burke?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:26AM

Darn, I'm getting to this thread late. I have known almost all the answers - Hechinger's, Roy Rogers, K-mart, etc.

The two other anchor stores near Shoppers were Marshalls and Ross?


And speaking of Erols, where was the other location besides Burke Center?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:29AM

Was the Marshalls where the Staples is? I think I remember my mom making me shop at both Marshalls and Ross and I was afraid I'd see someone I knew.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:30AM

Chad Dukes used to work at the Hollywood Video. Was that where the other Erols was?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Burke Curve ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:32AM

Chris Wrote:
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> Got another good one. What was the Starbucks
> between Ho's Dynasty and Giant off Burke Centre?

That was the Burke Station Restaurant, a really good little neighborhood place that served Ledo's pizza. They dropped Ledo's pizza from the menu at some point because of the increase in licensing cost, and it closed down a year or so later. Too bad, because it was convenient for Ledo's pizza, and the rest of the menu was decent too.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:33AM

The second Errols was over there by the Pizza Hut (Before Tolteca, of course) It was possibly in the spot where the take-out Chinese is now.

Before The Gym (Same shopping Center as 2nd errold and Pizza Hut), It was one thing then before that 2 different things side by side at the same time...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: me>you ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:34AM

Ha ha, you losers all live(d) in Burke!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:34AM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> Darn, I'm getting to this thread late. I have
> known almost all the answers - Hechinger's, Roy
> Rogers, K-mart, etc.
>
> The two other anchor stores near Shoppers were
> Marshalls and Ross?
>
>
> And speaking of Erols, where was the other
> location besides Burke Center?

But what were the stores *before* Marshall's and Ross?

Not sure about the other Erol's locations, but the *original* one was waaaaay over on Port Royal Road in Springfield (behind the shopping center w/ Kilroy's -- or Uncle Sam's for those real long timers). You had to have a card to get in and shopped by section: Beta or VHS.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:34AM

Chris Wrote:
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> Chad Dukes used to work at the Hollywood Video.
> Was that where the other Erols was?


Nope, the strip with Hollywood Video was added later I believe. But you're very close by.

Also what was the bank on the corner (now a BoA I think) there right next to Hollywood Video and Boston Market?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:35AM

theShadowToo Wrote:
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> snowdenscold Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Darn, I'm getting to this thread late. I have
> > known almost all the answers - Hechinger's, Roy
> > Rogers, K-mart, etc.
> >
> > The two other anchor stores near Shoppers were
> > Marshalls and Ross?
> >
> >
>
>
> But what were the stores *before* Marshall's and
> Ross?
>


One of them was a craft store or Jo-Annes Fabric or Michaels.



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:35AM

Yes, Burke Station Restaurant. I actually thought it was a Ledo's when I wrote that questions. It's where all the end of the season youth soccer and baseball teams would have their trophy dinners because there were video games.

I know the Gold's Gym was a Food Lion and before that a Fresh Fields (whole foods) but not sure what it was before that.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:36AM

theShadowToo Wrote:
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> Not sure about the other Erol's locations, but the
> *original* one was waaaaay over on Port Royal Road
> in Springfield (behind the shopping center w/
> Kilroy's -- or Uncle Sam's for those real long
> timers). You had to have a card to get in and
> shopped by section: Beta or VHS.


You are technically correct - that one was there first I think, but I didn't consider it "Burke".

The one I was thinking of was INSIDE Rolling Valley Mall, to the back and far left.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:36AM

Scott Wrote:
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> I believe the Pizza place in downtown Burke was
> Pepperoni Stick


You believed correctly!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:37AM

me>you Wrote:
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> Ha ha, you losers all live(d) in Burke!


Burke's awesome. Especially Burke Centre. Check the average house prices in Fairfax and it ranks up there as being one of the most affluent areas so actually we>you

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:37AM

Chris Wrote:
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> Yes, Burke Station Restaurant. I actually thought
> it was a Ledo's when I wrote that questions. It's
> where all the end of the season youth soccer and
> baseball teams would have their trophy dinners
> because there were video games.
>
> I know the Gold's Gym was a Food Lion and before
> that a Fresh Fields (whole foods) but not sure
> what it was before that.


I know the right hand side was a Royal? Books and the left was the original location of the Track Auto (I think)

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:38AM

JBass Wrote:

>
> One of them was a craft store or Jo-Annes Fabric
> or Michaels.


No, those two came later and aren't the two on the "end" - but more down at the inside corner.

I honestly didn't know there were stores there before Ross and Marshalls.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:39AM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> Chris Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Chad Dukes used to work at the Hollywood Video.
>
> > Was that where the other Erols was?
>
>
> Nope, the strip with Hollywood Video was added
> later I believe. But you're very close by.
>
> Also what was the bank on the corner (now a BoA I
> think) there right next to Hollywood Video and
> Boston Market?

When we moved here, it was Northern Virginia Bank, which then became Sovran (with someone else in between?) and finally bought out by BoA.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:39AM

me>you Wrote:
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> Ha ha, you losers all live(d) in Burke!


The mean streets of Burke have left us tougher and rougher than your Great Falls pansy ass (lol)



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: me>you ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:40AM

Chris Wrote:
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> me>you Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Ha ha, you losers all live(d) in Burke!
>
>
> Burke's awesome. Especially Burke Centre. Check
> the average house prices in Fairfax and it ranks
> up there as being one of the most affluent areas
> so actually we>you


No house in Burke is worth anywhere near the home I own. Sorry, you are practically PW County. so actually.......

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Stones ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:41AM

The old hotel used to be on the property of Burke Nursery. I think it's actually that old house to the left facing the Nursery.

Also, Dulles airport was originally going to be in Burke. There was all this open area after the Forest Fire (early 1900's?). That's why you have "Burnside Landing". That half of Burke Centre was burnt down.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:43AM

Stones Wrote:
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> Also, Dulles airport was originally going to be in
> Burke. There was all this open area after the
> Forest Fire (early 1900's?). That's why you have
> "Burnside Landing". That half of Burke Centre was
> burnt down.


I was told that's why the church at the corner of Pohick (now 7100) and Lee Chapel was torn down - to get ready for the airport.

It always amused me there were 3 stone steps up to .... nothing, surrounded by a cemetary.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:43AM

There are plenty of Million+ homes in Burke. Mostly off Burke Lake Rd. Sorry this is not affluent enough for you and your house is worth so much more. You must be so rich. I am so jealous and envious and wish I was you.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:44AM

Robert E. Lee used to go to that Church. Scary graves. We would go there at night on dares.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: FackOff ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:46AM

Too cool for school you are. "I have a more expensive house than you!" Hey I can post annonimously on a web-site with shit to. I own a zebra! And am postng this from the Moon! Look at me! Look at me!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Stones ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:46AM

I was hanging out with a friend who was baby sitting in a super old house off Lee Chapel. From the outside it looked like all the other new houses but was just framed to look that way. The inside of the building was super old with short ceilings and uneven floors and steps. There was also a family grave site in the basement. Weird.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Jack Hoff ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:46AM

me>you Wrote:
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> Chris Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > me>you Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Ha ha, you losers all live(d) in Burke!
> >
> >
> > Burke's awesome. Especially Burke Centre.
> Check
> > the average house prices in Fairfax and it
> ranks
> > up there as being one of the most affluent
> areas
> > so actually we>you
>
>
> No house in Burke is worth anywhere near the home
> I own. Sorry, you are practically PW County. so
> actually.......

me>you

^^^ Lives in Lorton begging post office to change city designation to Fairfax Station.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:47AM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> JBass Wrote:
>
> >
> > One of them was a craft store or Jo-Annes
> Fabric
> > or Michaels.
>
>
> No, those two came later and aren't the two on the
> "end" - but more down at the inside corner.
>
> I honestly didn't know there were stores there
> before Ross and Marshalls.


Rolling Valley Mall was a shithole back in the day, but it was a great place to be a delinquent. Dart Drug had it all -- even lumber! -- and next to it was Woolworths. Trak Auto was inside the mall and, as w/ all Combined Properties, there was the obligatory Crown Books. Woolworth's was where Ross is now (is it still a Ross?) and Dart Drug was next to it. Shoppers was originally an A&P.

Dart Drug had a few video games so most of the time we hung there.

Ahhh...the days of misspent youth.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:48AM

FackOff Wrote:
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> Too cool for school you are. "I have a more
> expensive house than you!" Hey I can post
> annonimously on a web-site with shit to. I own a
> zebra! And am postng this from the Moon! Look at
> me! Look at me!


I love this, I drive a Ferrari and have a 13" cock. Its true, just ask my girlfriend.
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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Burke Curve ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:48AM

> > -----
> > > Ha ha, you losers all live(d) in Burke!
> >
>
> No house in Burke is worth anywhere near the home
> I own. Sorry, you are practically PW County. so
> actually.......

Interesting. I didn't know that being a world class dick paid so well.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:48AM

FackOff Wrote:
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> Too cool for school you are. "I have a more
> expensive house than you!" Hey I can post
> annonimously on a web-site with shit to. I own a
> zebra! And am postng this from the Moon! Look at
> me! Look at me!


Nice. Yeah, talking about how much your house is worth to make you sound better than others is probably the lamest thing you can do in an email thread. Why am I not working right now? If I get fired, then I'll have to sell my super awesome house in Burke Centre. Then that guy will definitely be better than me.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: me>you ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:53AM

Jack Hoff Wrote:
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> me>you Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Chris Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > me>you Wrote:
> > >
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> > > -----
> > > > Ha ha, you losers all live(d) in Burke!
> > >
> > >
> > > Burke's awesome. Especially Burke Centre.
> > Check
> > > the average house prices in Fairfax and it
> > ranks
> > > up there as being one of the most affluent
> > areas
> > > so actually we>you
> >
> >
> > No house in Burke is worth anywhere near the
> home
> > I own. Sorry, you are practically PW County.
> so
> > actually.......
>
> me>you
>
> ^^^ Lives in Lorton begging post office to change
> city designation to Fairfax Station.

If I lived in Lorton, I don't think I'd be telling people in Burke they are practically PW County. So on top of having inferiority complexes, people in Burke are stupid as well. Enjoy your VRE.

And yes, being a world class dick pays awesomely, just ask anyone who makes good money.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:54AM

There used to be homeless people living in those brick alleys in the front of Rolling Valley Mall.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Jack Hoff ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:55AM

My apoligizes. So how is the weather in Hybla Valley?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: me>you ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:59AM

Chris Wrote:
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> There used to be homeless people living in those
> brick alleys in the front of Rolling Valley Mall.

Thanks for making my point all the more clear.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: me>you ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:59AM

Jack Hoff Wrote:
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> My apoligizes. So how is the weather in Hybla
> Valley?

Next time I pay a visit to your mom, I'll let you know.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Jack Hoff ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:01PM

Failure to disclose where you live = foreclosure coming soon

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: FackOff ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:01PM

Really... Look kettle... Your saying we have inferiority complexes... you came on here and posted annonymously and I quote said "You loosers live in Bukre, I have a huge house and make a ton of money". You say we have inferiority complexes? Are you kidding me? We are just having fun. Your being the dick. Now go back to typing shit that doesn't matter at Booz Allen Hamilton and jerking off to that cougar that rejected you last night at coastal.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:02PM

There are homeless people everywhere so that doesn't mean a thing. Since you are so rich and your house is so awesome you might actually have some living in a tent on your property or maybe in your 14th bedroom that you have not even visited in over a year. And all of us from Burke would very much admit that Rolling Valley Mall was a craphole.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Stuart ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:03PM

But Bill Jr., he was a
daredevil, just like his old man. He was leaning out saying, "Hey
everybody! Look at me, look at me!" POW! He was decapitated. They found
his head over by the snowcone concession.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:03PM

FackOff Wrote:
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> Really... Look kettle... Your saying we have
> inferiority complexes... you came on here and
> posted annonymously and I quote said "You loosers
> live in Bukre, I have a huge house and make a ton
> of money". You say we have inferiority complexes?
> Are you kidding me? We are just having fun. Your
> being the dick. Now go back to typing shit that
> doesn't matter at Booz Allen Hamilton and jerking
> off to that cougar that rejected you last night at
> coastal.

And now he's doing "your mom" jabs.

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Date: May 27, 2011 12:03PM

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: me>you ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:04PM

FackOff Wrote:
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> Really... Look kettle... Your saying we have
> inferiority complexes... you came on here and
> posted annonymously and I quote said "You loosers
> live in Bukre, I have a huge house and make a ton
> of money".

I would never make such egregious typos!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BurkeBorn ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:06PM

Damn I missed a lot... I will say though. me>you didn't deny working at BAH.. or getting rejected by cougars at Coastal.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: me=you ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:07PM

Chris Wrote:
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> FackOff Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Really... Look kettle... Your saying we have
> > inferiority complexes... you came on here and
> > posted annonymously and I quote said "You
> loosers
> > live in Bukre, I have a huge house and make a
> ton
> > of money". You say we have inferiority
> complexes?
> > Are you kidding me? We are just having fun.
> Your
> > being the dick. Now go back to typing shit that
> > doesn't matter at Booz Allen Hamilton and
> jerking
> > off to that cougar that rejected you last night
> at
> > coastal.
>
> And now he's doing "your mom" jabs.

Wow, I didn't realize living in Burke gave all of you extreme emotional inferiority complexes. I was just making a small joke. You guys are right. Burke is the best. Who wouldn't want to live there? In fact, you have convinced me it is so great that I am going to sell my house and buy three of yours.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: me>you ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:08PM

BurkeBorn Wrote:
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> Damn I missed a lot... I will say though. me>you
> didn't deny working at BAH.. or getting rejected
> by cougars at Coastal.

You need that written down? Fine.

Denied.

Coastal is outside the beltway and a chain.

BAH...I know some folks that work there, but who doesn't?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Hmmmmm ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:10PM

why do I get the feeling me>you is really:
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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: me>you ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:11PM

Hmmmmm Wrote:
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> why do I get the feeling me>you is really:

Because that is the only way your shitty life would be justified.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Stones ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:12PM

I don't think making an assumption that we have inferiorty complexes is the appropriate conclusion here. I'm sure all of us are plenty comfortable with our plot in life. Most of the reponses from Burke folks are talking about how lame you are and not defending how Burke must be better than where you live. You are the one that seems to have to prove that you are so much better. You are just a tool by nature, regardless of what you do or don't own. So your analytical skills are pretty bad as well. If you did work for BAH, I'm thinking you are not a consultant.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Ut videam ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:23PM

JBass Wrote:
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> I love this, I drive a Ferrari and have a 13"
> cock. Its true, just ask my girlfriend.

Dating Adele Silva? Doubtful.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: hmmmmmm ()
Date: May 27, 2011 12:26PM

me>you

Thank you for visiting the Burke thread and offering such great insight. It makes us little people feel special that you took an interest in our community.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: skavman ()
Date: May 27, 2011 01:18PM

My two farthings on Burke: My folks moved to the new, and not yet completed Lake Braddock Community in 1970. The lake was not built yet, and of course LBSS, wasn't finished until 1973, and was just a patch of woods. Braddock Road and Burke Lake Road simple two lane roads. Burke had a 7-11 located in an old house where the post office currently is, and the post office was in an old house where the firehouse is currently. The current shopping center with Giant,Spartans,Merchants ect. was just a field where some large drainage pipes were stored as you crossed the railroad tracks. The path to 7-11 and back to the emerging Lake Braddock community became well worn. Those days since the building of LB was only in it's infancy, the construction guys left their soda bottles strewn where the new houses were being built. Bottles still recyclable at that time, meant many trips the 7-11 to retrieve our nickle per bottle. I don't remember when Inga Hutchinson took over the Burke 7-11, before or after it moved to their current location?

As Burke developed, the traffic back-ups at the two RR crossing points, Burke Lake Road and Burke Road became ponderous, and eventually the overpass was built. I don't remember what was built or had been built where the Taco Bell currently resides,but with the overpass the whole nature and configuration of Burke Lake Road and Burke Road changed. Burke lake road used to continue from that point (Taco Bell) essentially up and over the hill at a completely different angle, ending as it does now in front of Burke Elem. School. Burke Road didn't loop up to hit Burke Lake Road before the overpass, but continued on straight and crossed the RR tracks,where it made a sharp left and continued into Burke. Essentially the road that leads into the hidden shopping center across from Giant on the other side of the overpass was the line of old Burke Road.

Yes, Spartans was the Pepperoni Stick, and the grocery store has always been a Giant, although I think every other retail location has changed hands over the years. The Pepperoni stick at some point divided and the right side of it became a narrow bar, you had to decide, restuarant or bar when you came in by the entrance way, that was pretty shortlived. The smaller shopping center which was built accross the street, to which the 7-11 moved after it was decided that it's former location was going to become a large post office, there was a dive with live music there called Spanky's Place for awhile, and off course My Brother's Place, which had cheap but good pizza and gyros, until, either one or both of the primary owners blew themselves up attempting to do a little redecorating. As I remember they were trying to remove the old carpet squares the type with black foam backing, the story was some local gel employee suggested to use gasoline as a solvent to get the foam off the substrate, the fumes and pilot lights to the oven didn't mix well,and the fucking place blew,killing one or both of the owners.

Some other memories: as you drive up Coffer Woods,making a right off of Burke Lake Road, back beyond the townhouses which are on the right as you head up the hill, was a pond. Either Bells or Belles pond. Up through the 1970s all kind of hippies and ragamuffins used to live and congregate there in their vans and vw microbuses, I guess the place got drained when they built the town homes. Until all the redevelopment and roads, up until about the early 1980s, you could still see all the old foundations for the buildings for the original Burke RR station, which was a nice place to catch a buzz or drink. I guess some of that stuff may still be there.

There is very good book on the history of Burke, with lots of photos etc. Which had some older info from way before my time, for example, I didn't know that in the 1920s, folks from DC woud jump on the train and come out to Burke for baseball games and horse racing in the summer, as it was considered a trip to the country. The current location of the Burke Garden center was where there was an oval racetrack for horses.

Yeah..one more thing, you would have to be a real old timer I reckon to remember this. There was a guy, a hermit, that would hang around the RR tracks and along the older homes in Burke, which is the area behind Giant shopping center. This guy was like a Jethro Tull Aqualung looking fellow, and as a kid, a pretty strange looking dude. The original Burke homeless guy, but I think he had a place. We didn't get too close, but since we would run around that whole area. We would see this oddball every once in awhile. I wonder if anyone out there remembers what the story was with that guy...I used to know, but I can't pull it now...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 01:24PM

Ummm, you come into a nice thread recalling Burke trivia with no real bashing going on, and have to start a flame war.

Your opening comment:

"Ha ha, you losers all live(d) in Burke!"

Completely out of place in the context of the thread. You then follow up a with a oh-so-insightful:

"No house in Burke is worth anywhere near the home I own. Sorry, you are practically PW County. so actually......."


I'm not sure what you feel the need to prove by interjecting yourself into this thread and starting a flame-war for no reason. You're either a trolling, internet tough guy, or are telling the truth but have an enormous personality defect.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: me>you ()
Date: May 27, 2011 01:26PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> but have an enormous personality defect.

Says the Burke resident.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: MBF ()
Date: May 27, 2011 01:27PM

The second Errols was over there by the Pizza Hut (Before Tolteca, of course) It was possibly in the spot where the take-out Chinese is now.

Before The Gym (Same shopping Center as 2nd errold and Pizza Hut), It was one thing then before that 2 different things side by side at the same time...


There was a two-floor Pier One Imports store back in the 80s-mid 90s on the far left side of the shopping center (as you enter the parking lot).

I loved and miss Toyland at University Mall.

EDIT: I cannot type today.



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BB*X ()
Date: May 27, 2011 01:42PM

The current furniture place in Rolling Valley was also an F&M at one point, I think that stood for Frank and Martha's.

Anyone remember the name of the deli in Burke Town Plaza? It may have been where the cigar store is or next door to the cigar store. We used to stop there every day after school for pizza.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: 644 west ()
Date: May 27, 2011 01:43PM

The craft store was Ben Franklin. There also was an Erol's in Springfield Plaza.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 27, 2011 01:51PM

oh, JESUS!! MEMORIES!!! The Pepperoni Stick!! TOYLAAAAAAANNNNNNNNND!!!!!!!! :)

The homeless living in the Rolling Valley Mall corners (I think they now just hold signs for that "Last Days, Closing Soon Store which never seems to close LoLz)

@me>you: your momma jokes only work if ppl start attacking you first. If you throw them out first during the convo, it shows you for the skeevy loser that YOU obviously are LoLz.
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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Burke Curve ()
Date: May 27, 2011 01:55PM

Excellent post, skavman, thanks. The shopping center with Spartans used to have a hardware store. Also used to be a hardware store in Kings Park Shopping Center.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BB*X ()
Date: May 27, 2011 01:57PM

The hardware store in King's Park was an Ace Hardware, I bought the first Zippo I ever owned at that place.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:00PM

sorry, was busy feeding the troll

anywho,, JBass - AWESOME thread!

@ skavman - that history lesson is pretty cool, as well. Life before "The Great Wall of Burke"


and a big THANK YOU to the rest of y'all who contributed to this thread - just cool!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:17PM

BB*X Wrote:
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> The current furniture place in Rolling Valley was
> also an F&M at one point, I think that stood for
> Frank and Martha's.
>
> Anyone remember the name of the deli in Burke Town
> Plaza? It may have been where the cigar store is
> or next door to the cigar store. We used to stop
> there every day after school for pizza.

Spitoni's! Awesome place but terrible name. They had the best gyro and were owned by an awesome Greek family. At least once a month, I joke with my wife that we should order from there.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:20PM

I want to say the Burke Lake Road overpass over the railroad tracks happened in the late 80's. I recall going down the part of Burke Rd. by the 'hidden shopping center', and crossing over the tracks there to continue on Burke Rd. heading west. But perhaps that was after the overpass but before they put the 2nd (northern) light for B.R. and B.L.R.

When did they disconnect the two parts of Old Burke Lake Rd. ? (the small part that goes through the shopping center area, and the longer one accessible from Lake Braddock Dr.)



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:20PM

To feed the troll or not to feed the troll. That is the question.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:24PM

Is Angies still in business over by the Outback? I know the original family sold out years ago and I havent been back.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BB*X ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:32PM

Chris, close but I think it was actually called Spuntino's Deli.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Burke Curve ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:33PM

JBass Wrote:
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> Is Angies still in business over by the Outback?
> I know the original family sold out years ago and
> I havent been back.


It's still there, but it's a much differenct place. They've tried to go upscale. Gone are the vinyl booths and linoleum tabletops, replaced by blond wood. The dinner menu has more entree-type items and a wine list, and the prices are higher. It's not bad but, personally, I liked it better when it was less pretentious and cheaper.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:37PM

Spuntino's. Definitely. I got the name confused with a great pizza place near Warrenton that we always stop at when we return from whatever takes us out there (usually going to Shenandoah).

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:38PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> I want to say the Burke Lake Road overpass over
> the railroad tracks happened in the late 80's. I
> recall going down the part of Burke Rd. by the
> 'hidden shopping center', and crossing over the
> tracks there to continue on Burke Rd. heading
> west. But perhaps that was after the overpass but
> before they put the 2nd (northern) light for B.R.
> and B.L.R.
>
> When did they disconnect the two part of Old Burke
> Lake Rd. (the small part that goes through the
> shopping center area, and the longer one
> accessible from Lake Braddock Dr.)


IIRC, the overpass was built in '87 or '88. I'm pretty sure the split happened around the same time as the overpass was put in (or shortly after). As has been said, the overpass was to get rid of the two grade-level RR crossings (at Burke Road and Burke Lake Road). The backup in the morning would extend up (the then two lane) Burke Lake Road to Shiplett (and sometimes past Shiplett). Coming from Lee Chapel / OKM Roads, we'd either take OKM to Rolling or Roberts to Guinea to get to school (LB) vs. taking the more direct Burke Lake to avoid the traffic. Even after the overpass was built, Burke Lake Rd was reduced to two lanes just past Coffer Woods. I don't recall when it was finally widened to four lanes all the way to BCP...must've been after I left the nest and made my way into the real world.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 27, 2011 02:43PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> I want to say the Burke Lake Road overpass over
> the railroad tracks happened in the late 80's. I
> recall going down the part of Burke Rd. by the
> 'hidden shopping center', and crossing over the
> tracks there to continue on Burke Rd. heading
> west. But perhaps that was after the overpass but
> before they put the 2nd (northern) light for B.R.
> and B.L.R.
>
> When did they disconnect the two parts of Old
> Burke Lake Rd. ? (the small part that goes through
> the shopping center area, and the longer one
> accessible from Lake Braddock Dr.)

a little bit after "wall" was built. Traffic thru Burke was pretty bad, and came to a halt when a train would come thru. What really sucks though, is that VDOT pretty much just sprang the wall up on everybody - nobody really knew that their town (hell, their shopping center) was gonna be cut in half like that....................
(edit) ...............um, what he/she said LoLz ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:12PM

Why didn't they build it around the shopping center? This wouldn't be such a crazy turn and it's nothing compared to the turn on Burke Road.
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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: herewegoagain ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:16PM

Does anyone remember the movie theater at Rolling Valley Mall? I think it was on the end where Ross is now. My brother and I walked there one time to see Karate Kid when it was released. The original, so this would have been in '84.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:21PM

Here's a trivia question I don't know the answer to. What's this?

http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qfzmd38jx111&lvl=18.7672655402351&dir=349.67720024514875&sty=u&form=LMLTCC

Bonus points if you don't zoom out.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:29PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> Here's a trivia question I don't know the answer
> to. What's this?
>
> http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qfzmd38jx111&lvl=
> 18.7672655402351&dir=349.67720024514875&sty=u&form
> =LMLTCC
>
> Bonus points if you don't zoom out.


The old Cement Factory.


EDIT, Damn, Im wrong. I was thinking of the place thats nestled behind the public storage place at the corner of 123 and the FC Parkway.



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:30PM

Had to zoom out and I still don't know what that is. I used to go down that service road to, uh, smoke cigarettes (or something like that) but never knew what that lock and key complex is. In high school I was actually going down that road one night to smoke, uh, cigarettes and someone hit us from behind. The guy was the son of a cop and told us not to go to Accotink because they were doing foot patrols there. So we went to our LB basketball game instead. It was at that game that I didn't plan to go to that I met my wife who was a cheer leader for the other school

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:30PM

Is it still in use or abandoned?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:31PM

Chris Wrote:
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> Had to zoom out and I still don't know what that
> is. I used to go down that service road to, uh,
> smoke cigarettes (or something like that) but
> never knew what that lock and key complex is. In
> high school I was actually going down that road
> one night to smoke, uh, cigarettes and someone hit
> us from behind. The guy was the son of a cop and
> told us not to go to Accotink because they were
> doing foot patrols there. So we went to our LB
> basketball game instead. It was at that game that
> I didn't plan to go to that I met my wife who was
> a cheer leader for the other school

Awesome!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:46PM

herewegoagain Wrote:
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> Does anyone remember the movie theater at Rolling
> Valley Mall? I think it was on the end where Ross
> is now. My brother and I walked there one time to
> see Karate Kid when it was released. The
> original, so this would have been in '84.

Went there many a time as a kid. It was inside the mall, just to the right of where Shoppers is now. Among the movies I recall seeing there were Prophecy, Black Stallion, Scanners, and that one at the mausoleum w/ the round silver ball with spikes on it that flew through the hallways looking for heads to drill into. The name completely escapes me right now.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BurkeBorn ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:47PM

Wow there are a lot of good stories on this thread. I went to Robinson and just banged cheerleaders there and at Lake Braddock since my neighborhood sat right on the line. There was always good *cigarettes* to be had in Burke though. Ahh the good old days.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Buck ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:47PM

The picture is of the Washington Gas propane plant, growing up in Kings Parks we use to go down the service road to Lake Accotink, Growing up my neighbor worked there and it's still in use.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:48PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> Here's a trivia question I don't know the answer
> to. What's this?
>
> http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=qfzmd38jx111&lvl=
> 18.7672655402351&dir=349.67720024514875&sty=u&form
> =LMLTCC
>
> Bonus points if you don't zoom out.

Based on the train tracks, I'd have to say it's near Interstate Van Lines or near where Guinea crosses the train tracks -- near where the VRE is? Sorry, I'm going to have to zoom. No points for me. :-|

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Mrs. Burke ()
Date: May 27, 2011 03:59PM

Re: Rolling Valley Mall...the main anchor store was Woolco - where the Ross is now.

New trivia question:

What *elementary school* did the Burke Centre students attend before Terra Centre was built, back when Burke Centre was a new community, circa 1979?

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Date: May 27, 2011 04:01PM

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:02PM

I'm not going to disclose my real identity but what are the odds that we all know eachother or certainly have shared a "cigarette" at some point in time?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:05PM

The deli was Spuntino's. It was run by a guy named Yannis. He closed the place after arguing with the landlord over his lease.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:09PM

Chris Wrote:
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> I'm not going to disclose my real identity but
> what are the odds that we all know eachother or
> certainly have shared a "cigarette" at some point
> in time?


Lol, interesting question - but I'd be the answer is "pretty low". Unless you also attended Cherry Run in the 80's and 90's.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:09PM

@Mrs. Burke - The school for Terra Centre was...Burke School (guessing here -- our neighborhood went there as well before our school was built in 1974).

@Chris - you may be right: smokes and/or beverages. All I'll share is LB 86.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:16PM

Mrs. Burke Wrote:
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>
> What *elementary school* did the Burke Centre
> students attend before Terra Centre was built,
> back when Burke Centre was a new community, circa
> 1979?


Burke School, before it was turned into an alternative learning center (or whatever it's called) ?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: burke transfer ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:40PM

I remember the traffic circle near what is now the Target Store. Instead of a concrete and asphalt center it was old used tires painted white and staked up in the middle
thanks to the other posters for reminding me of the Burke past.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:49PM

Huntington Wrote:
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> The deli was Spuntino's. It was run by a guy
> named Yannis. He closed the place after arguing
> with the landlord over his lease.

Any more info? Did he open a new restaurant somewhere else? I'd drive up to 50 miles for one of their veal parmesan subs.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Old local geezer ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:57PM

We used to go to the Handy Dandy in downtown Burke, across from the old fire station. They had a hitching post out back for our horses. Skinning dipping in Bell's pond....gas at Brown's Gulf station. Used to work for the Kinchloe's picking up bales of hay on their property. They had an old barn and silo across from their home.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Mrs. Burke ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:59PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> Mrs. Burke Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> >
> > What *elementary school* did the Burke Centre
> > students attend before Terra Centre was built,
> > back when Burke Centre was a new community,
> circa
> > 1979?
>
>
> Burke School, before it was turned into an
> alternative learning center (or whatever it's
> called) ?

Rolling Valley Elementary on Barnack Road in West Springfield. Quite a haul back in the day!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 27, 2011 04:59PM

the painted tires traffic circle!!! VDOT in their early love affair with Roundabouts here. If it worked for Kings Park, it could work EVERYWHERE, right? LoLz

how many Metrobuses got stuck on that damn thing?

oh, and the waiting for the 50-car coal train to pass at the old railroad crossing.

And all of us wanting to riot cause Target took out that patch of forest.................which, of course nobody remembers anymore :(

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Old local geezer ()
Date: May 27, 2011 05:01PM

Ooops...typo...obviously that should be "barn".....anyone remember Jonah Shortt a ferrier?...used to apprentice with him.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: May 27, 2011 05:01PM

Old local geezer Wrote:
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> We used to go to the Handy Dandy in downtown
> Burke, across from the old fire station. They had
> a hitching post out back for our horses. Skinning
> dipping in Bell's pond....gas at Brown's Gulf
> station. Used to work for the Kinchloe's picking
> up bales of hay on their property. They had an old
> barn and silo across from their home.


Wow! Now that's some great stuff.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Thisandthat ()
Date: May 27, 2011 05:08PM

BurkeBorn Wrote:
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> Where is the dividing line between Burke and
> Fairfax Station? It is 123 right?


I don't think so because Fairview has a Fairfax Station mailing address.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 27, 2011 05:12PM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> Chris Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I'm not going to disclose my real identity but
> > what are the odds that we all know eachother or
> > certainly have shared a "cigarette" at some
> point
> > in time?
>
>
> Lol, interesting question - but I'd be the answer
> is "pretty low". Unless you also attended Cherry
> Run in the 80's and 90's


I smoked a few quote cigarettes back in the day. I was fairview, same timeframe



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Cygnusx1 ()
Date: May 27, 2011 05:24PM

Does anyone remember the house at the far end of Burke Center Parkway (towards rolling valley) with a white fence and friggin goats? The goats were right out on the edge of the parkway. This was early 80's.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: May 27, 2011 09:00PM

What I remember:


7-11 in the old house @ Burke/Burke Lake Rds
Highs Convenience stores
Chuck-e-Cheese @ Burke Town Plaza
Roy Rogers, now McD's @ the same plaza
The Overpass built in 1987ish over Burke
And the rest of the road being widened in 1989...
I remember 123 being 2 lanes - not just from the PW line to Burke Lake, but 2 lanes into Fairfax!
The farm, before Pohick Library
The Miller compound at the corner of Burke Lake Rd and BC Pkway
Amaco gas station when they used to do "service" work - then they ripped it down (maybe around 87?) to make the quick fuels
Being able to make a left turn out of the McD's parking lot and head east on OKM road. This was back when it was a 2-way stop sign, not the traffic light today!
My family member writing to the USPS, asking for a drive-up window for the "new" post office - they built it...
Woolworths, Dart, and other stores come and go from Rolling Valley Mall... What was the name of that record and tape store in the mid-80s?
Traffic jams into Burke Lake Park - when Burke Lake Park was THE place to go after school...
When Jaxx was a movie theater - and Chesapeake Bay Seafood House was next door...
The white Corvette a guy borrowed one night at a party and totaled along Burke Rd. late one night (1990)
Late night bonfires - back when nobody in the county cared...

I could go on.... and on...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 27, 2011 09:23PM

@20039- oh WOW Chuck E Cheese at Burke Town Plaza - wow, that WAS back in the day..................and 123 being two lanes - do you remember the school bus mailbox Fairview used to have? The old country stores that still stood abandoned at Silverbrook Rd, another at Henderson Rd? 123 was 4 lanes after Mason was built but only from university to Braddock. Got widened down to Burke Centre in 84/85, i think. I remember the old railway bridge, painted green.

and HEY!!! does anybody remember Death Camp? I only went there thru back trails, but apparently, you could get to it thru Poplar St (which DAMN, isnt even on Google Maps) and the railroad tracks. Some of y'all have GOT to know what I'm talking about. bonfires and wrecked cars. where now McMansions stand.

Poplar St is/was (i dunno) the side street that you can only get to from the Southbound lanes of Ox Rd, just after the railroad bridge but before Burke Centre Pkwy. Used to be a hella-popular veggie stand there, run out of an old school bus. I think the owner killed himself and the family stopped the business soon after that :(

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:05PM

I also remember the county collecting citizens trash at Burke Elem. School and the corner of Rt. 123/Silverbrook - it was a free service...

I remember an old gravel road to get to the TV tower in the 22039 however, now you turn into Fairfax Station (the subdivision) and again at the pool...

I remember 3 or 4 houses in that community bulldozed for the parkway/123 widening.

...what else?

The firehouse in the tent for Burke.

The three poles in Burke Lake park you could climb and ring the bell. Someone must've fallen off and sued. The poles are gone...

The old 7-11 which is not a pool cleaning svc. and was some kind of church, in between...

When the landscaping co. next door, was an auto repair place. Mostly VWs and old junkers - before all those roads were realigned...

The Buggy Man off Hooes - wait, he's still there...

Riding dirt bikes from the powerlines off OKM near Sydenstricker all the way down past South Run park, crossing Rt. 123, and over to Henderson...

Having field parties before Crosspointe was built in the old farm house which remained behind Evans Farm. That fun ended around 1992...

Four-wheeling where the retirement home now sits off 7900. We bought a junker for $125.00 and had the time of our lives back there, playing Dukes of Fairfax... Yee haw! That fun ended around 1997...

Watching the drag races on Manchester Lakes - before the lakes we made...

The roller rink off Franconia Rd - but that was only when we wanted out of "our part of town" and slummed past Edison...

What else... Hayfield and Loisdale pits... Etc.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:43PM

Just for the record, I've never actually smoked anything, lol.


OK, technically West Springifled, but how many different places has that big building with the semi-circle arch on the Southeast corner of Rolling and Old Keene Mill Rd. been? Remember when it was that distinctive blue color (with a hint of green) ?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 27, 2011 10:46PM

that TV tower used to be the original studio for what was then the NEW B-106! which is currently 106.7 The Fan.

that roller rink in Franconia. Wow, that building still stands, doesnt it? behind that gas station.

Reston used to have a roller rink too - when did that get bulldozed.

There was one in Dale City, but I think it got demolished long before Potomac Mills.................................

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:07PM

Okay, there is way too much stuff from the past on here for me to comment, but I am loving it! To Chris (I think) to my knowledge, Yannis never relocated. During the lease negotiations he was also going through a bad divorce, custody issues over his little girl and little boy. They used to be at the deli all the time on Saturday mornings, I worked in the shopping center back then. He was a very abrassive guy, but nice once you got to know him. He worked really hard and he was pissed when the landlord wanted more rent. To this day, my husband and I miss Spuntino's deli so much, as do lots of our fellow LB friends. That was such a damn good deli, nothing else out there like it. The Quizno's that opened up a few doors down is shit. And I do remember when the Glory Days was Chuck Cheese, I think one of my sisters had a birthday party there.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: technically springfield ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:25PM

i know this was technically in Springfield and not Burke, but hopefully people won't mind too much..

Remember how awesome the old wooden playground at Orange Hunt was? That place was the best, though I guess it started falling apart and too many kids were getting splinters and all that and they finally had to take it down. They don't really make wooden playgrounds like that anymore, which is kind of a shame.

While on the topic of school related memories, does anyone remember how schools used to do this "safe house" program? Families would put this purple star with an orangey-red background card thing in their window I suppose to indicate that it was a safe house to go to in case a child got locked out of their own house. I know that at least Hunt Valley Elementary did this, not so sure about other schools..

I haven't seen any of these "window stars" in quite a while and it's not a surprise with the way people are so afraid of everyone anymore.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:28PM

technically springfield Wrote:
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> i know this was technically in Springfield and not
> Burke, but hopefully people won't mind too much..
>
> Remember how awesome the old wooden playground at
> Orange Hunt was? That place was the best, though I
> guess it started falling apart and too many kids
> were getting splinters and all that and they
> finally had to take it down. They don't really
> make wooden playgrounds like that anymore, which
> is kind of a shame.
>
> While on the topic of school related memories,
> does anyone remember how schools used to do this
> "safe house" program? Families would put this
> purple star with an orangey-red background card
> thing in their window I suppose to indicate that
> it was a safe house to go to in case a child got
> locked out of their own house. I know that at
> least Hunt Valley Elementary did this, not so sure
> about other schools..
>
> I haven't seen any of these "window stars" in
> quite a while and it's not a surprise with the way
> people are so afraid of everyone anymore.

You make two good points. That playground was awesome! A gigantic wooden maze. At least it felt gigantic when you were a little kid. Sometimes the only way you knew where you were was by the painted drawings at various parts inside. Fond memories.

And yeah, I haven't seen those starred houses in quite awhile. I wonder what happened to that program...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Burkee ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:39PM

Our family purchased our home in Burke back in 1973/74, just off Shiplett Blvd. Back then, Shiplett didn't connect to Burke Lake Road. The road used to be blocked at Capella (and further down near Glenbard?) with huge boulders. Some of those boulders now sit in the front yards of homes off Shiplett. I remember going to the old 7-11 in downtown Burke for glass bottle Dr. Pepper and a hot dog, sitting on the porch of the old store. After we moved into our house on Rockwell Court (White Oaks Elementary wasn't built then, it was all woods...), we would ride our bikes to where Capella hits Shiplett. From that corner all the way to Burke Lake Rd there were HUGE dirt mounds from construction. My brothers and I would ride up and down the dirt mounds, catching air. I loved horses as a young girl and remembered seeing people riding in the fields behind the Silas Burke house.

Anyone remember the one-lane bridge in downtown Burke? I spent half my childhood in the woods that creek ran through...the woods that went from the one-lane bridge, all the way down to Hatches Court. Back in those woods were old Civil War trenches, trees covered in barbed wire; we built forts back there and stayed in the woods all day long (it sucks my kids can't do that now...). We used to make rafts and run them down the creek, all the way to Hatches. The creek ran deep enough you could do that. When I was about 11 or 12 (1979), I started horseback riding and used to work at Hatches Stables. The lady there would let me ride in exchange for pulling weeds from the horse paddocks. We used to skate out on Hatches pond in the winter, if it froze over enough. When they built the townhouse developments off Shiplette, the run-off and re-direction plugged up the creek and killed it. I was so pissed when I discovered that, years later.

We used to go to the movie theater at Rolling Valley Mall, as well as the A & P, and Dart Drug. As a kid, I used to ride my bike all over Burke, from Rockwell Court, through the trails in the "new" development of Burke Centre. As a kid I attended Old Keene Mill Elementary. Our school bus had to take a long route to cut from Burke to Springfield, because it wasn't allowed to cross the Burke rail road tracks. My first high school job was as a cashier at Bradlee's (now Walmart).

Another "big" thing was the construction of Old Keene Mill pool. Our family was original members (my parents still are!). I remember going to see the pool when it was nothing but a dug out hole in the ground....My parents still live in their original home in Burke, I think about this old stuff every time I drive over to visit.

Good memories.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: May 27, 2011 11:41PM

The playground at Orange Hunt was the shit! I went to Hunt Valley, and was SO jealous when that playground went in. BUT, Hunt Valley did have the BEST snow hill behind the school, when it snowed we were allowed to take the brown cafeteria trays and use them as sleds. Our principal (Mr. Luscavage) would ride down the hill with us. So much fun. I still see kids sledding down the hill at Irving and am suprised that the County allows it, what with lawsuits these days. Glad to see the kiddos can still have some fun.

And I remember those "safe house" stars. Were they orange with a blue outline of a house? They were all over Hadlow and Sydenstricker. I remember as a kid thinking "if a stranger or strange car pulls up, run to one of those houses".

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: technically springfield ()
Date: May 28, 2011 12:06AM

Huntington Wrote:
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> The playground at Orange Hunt was the shit! I
> went to Hunt Valley, and was SO jealous when that
> playground went in. BUT, Hunt Valley did have the
> BEST snow hill behind the school, when it snowed
> we were allowed to take the brown cafeteria trays
> and use them as sleds. Our principal (Mr.
> Luscavage) would ride down the hill with us. So
> much fun. I still see kids sledding down the hill
> at Irving and am suprised that the County allows
> it, what with lawsuits these days. Glad to see
> the kiddos can still have some fun.
>
> And I remember those "safe house" stars. Were
> they orange with a blue outline of a house? They
> were all over Hadlow and Sydenstricker. I
> remember as a kid thinking "if a stranger or
> strange car pulls up, run to one of those houses".


It's entirely possible that my memory is off and that the "safe house" cards were actually with an outline of a house (haven't seen one in years and google isn't showing anything).

I'm really enjoying this thread, especially the posts about the Rolling Valley Mall theater. I had no idea there was ever a movie theater there, wow!



Also at Rolling Valley Mall:
-Several years ago there was a party supply store located where the Staples or Petco is currently. Probably didn't last more than a few years.

-I remember when the Japanese restaurant was an actual sit-down Pizza Hut restaurant, and now there's just the pizza hut take out place on the corner next to Shoppers.

-Seems like the Total Crafts store was there forever..obviously it no longer exists.

-Also I recall a tiny little pet store there that had an indoor location, maybe next to Trak Auto, though that probably would have been something like 20 years ago and probably the type of place that didn't last more than a few years.

-The Crown Book store that was in the same shopping center-it was maybe there until the early to mid 1990s.

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Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: May 28, 2011 02:09AM

Yeah, I remember the movie theater, the pizza place next door was run by the Vietnamese guy that had that famous shot in the head shot. I saw Raider's of the Lost Arc at that theater. The blond daughter got knocked up by the skeezy guy, he was so greasy.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 28, 2011 07:34AM

Total Crafts was there forever :) originally a Ben Franklin, just like the one @ Turnpike Shopping Center in Fairfax. The Crown Books and Trak Auto were both "in the Mall" whereas Dart Drug (parent company) was outside the entrance.

"Books cost too much....................":)


and the dude Snyder from One Day at a Time for Trak Auto.

damn, I'm dating myself...................

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 28, 2011 08:07AM

Burkee Wrote:
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> Another "big" thing was the construction of Old
> Keene Mill pool. Our family was original members
> (my parents still are!). I remember going to see
> the pool when it was nothing but a dug out hole in
> the ground....My parents still live in their
> original home in Burke, I think about this old
> stuff every time I drive over to visit.
>

Are you talking about the pool on Orion off of Capella? Spent tons of my childhood there. When was it built? We joined in probably mid-80's.


And speaking of the sit-down Pizza Hut (now Shiro's) - we went there every week due to the Book-It program. I must say their scheme worked - free personal pan pizzas got me hooked on reading.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 28, 2011 08:13AM

I never knew Dulles was originally supposed to be where Burke Lake is now.................

http://braddockheritage.org/resources/item/149/

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Re: Burke Trivia
Date: May 28, 2011 09:02AM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> I never knew Dulles was originally supposed to be
> where Burke Lake is now.................
>
> http://braddockheritage.org/resources/item/149/


That would have been a complete disaster!

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http://bible.cc/1_corinthians/13-11.htm

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: herewegoagain ()
Date: May 28, 2011 11:02AM

I'm going slightly off topic here, but a poster above made me think of this.

Anyone attend the Halloween party that was in the field where Crosspointe is now? It was at the farm that used to be on the corner of Silverbrook and 123 (back when 123 was still a 2 lane road). This would have been late 80's, maybe '87 or '88 I think. If you were there, you'd remember it. I think every cop in Fairfax County (including a helicopter) showed up to shut it down. It was even on the news the next day, with estimates that there were over 1000 kids there.

The land was sold shortly after that and Crosspointe went in a few years later.

Great thread!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: May 28, 2011 12:19PM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> Total Crafts was there forever :) originally a Ben
> Franklin, just like the one @ Turnpike Shopping
> Center in Fairfax. The Crown Books and Trak Auto
> were both "in the Mall" whereas Dart Drug (parent
> company) was outside the entrance.
>
> "Books cost too much....................":)
>
>
> and the dude Snyder from One Day at a Time for
> Trak Auto.
>
> damn, I'm dating myself...................

I completely remember the dude, "snyder" at Trak Auto. Funny stuff!


I also remember OKM Pool, but was never a member. They had a fire in the late 80s at the gazebo, or something.



Now, who remembers the old 1/4 pipe ramp w/ the "lead-in" ramp built where Wilmington Drive used to dead-end - it was on the "newer home" side, not Burke Centre


While I am thinking, I recall we could have bought the parcel of land which was a farm off BCP for $325k. This was sold to a developer who tore down the barn and built townhomes. The rest of the land, is the Burke Centre Conservancy.

Great thread!!!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: mgnut ()
Date: May 28, 2011 03:10PM

Memories...

Burke Center Parkway Kohls. Someone mentioned it was a Hechingers before Kohls. Anyone remember what was before Hechingers. :)

I also remember riding my bike through Hadlow drive to Linden Tree Lane to get to the 7-11 which was right next to the lawnmower repair place. Fairfax County parkway took that down.

I also went to many movies at the Rolling Valley Mall theatre.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Scott ()
Date: May 28, 2011 03:30PM

I remember all of us "new" drivers from LB would try to get airborn just after going over the tracks.

Someone stated that they couldn't remember if Inga had the old 7-11 or not. She did.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBurke ()
Date: May 28, 2011 04:40PM

Boston Market used to be called Boston CHICKEN...anyone remember that?

And that reminds me - BBQ World used to be a Church's Chicken.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: cc ()
Date: May 28, 2011 04:48PM

THe house to the left of the nursery was moved from beside the railroad tracks in Burke (old burke lake road). Does anyone remember a house on the property between Burke Nursery and the gas station? It burned.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Rute Boye ()
Date: May 28, 2011 04:56PM

Old local geezer Wrote:
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> We used to go to the Handy Dandy in downtown
> Burke, across from the old fire station.

Yep, it was "Handy Dandy Market #3", as I recall. I don't know where H-D Market #2 is/was, but the original Handy Dandy Market (#1) is still open in Woodbridge, at the corner of Occoquan Road and Horner Road.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: May 30, 2011 08:58AM

What else?

Aside from the 1/4 pipe ramp at the end of Wilmington Dr., there was another one off Henderson Rd. about 1/4 mile from 123.

I remember "bottoming out" in the big dip along silverbrook rd. between Hooes and 123 - it was filled and leveled out when the developers took over. Would have been just past where the CVS sits now, heading toward 123...

The 1-lane bridge on Lee Chapel (now an overpass crosses the creek) with the crazy twists in the road leading to the bridge. Always crashes there!

Pohick Rd, when it went from RT 1, all the way to RT 123 as 2-lane rd...

Burke Centre McDonalds originally had a "Farm" motif - pictures of farmland, everywhere inside!

Rolling Rd. McDonalds has motocross pictures at a couple of the booths. This was in the 70s, when Motocross and BMX were pretty huge!

What else???

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 30, 2011 10:04AM

...in the 22039 Wrote:
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>
> The 1-lane bridge on Lee Chapel (now an overpass
> crosses the creek) with the crazy twists in the
> road leading to the bridge. Always crashes there!

My first experience with 1-lane bridges - sometimes you'd have to wait for probably 10 cars in front of you to take their alternating turns. And yeah, that curvy hill leading down was crazy!

> Pohick Rd, when it went from RT 1, all the way to
> RT 123 as 2-lane rd...

I thought I remembered Pohick dead-ending at 123 in a T-shape in the middle of the woods (now a giant overpass) and Robert Carter spun off a little ways down. However, maybe it was a 4-way light - can anyone help me remember?

> Rolling Rd. McDonalds has motocross pictures at a
> couple of the booths. This was in the 70s, when
> Motocross and BMX were pretty huge!

I haven't been there in years - but I found it so interesting that that McDonalds had a basement. However it was roped off like 95% of the time.



Now here's a trivia question (again, don't know answer): Can anyone tell me the historical reasons that led to that area of Robert Carter, Clara Barton and Havenner remaining in the Woodson (Frost, and Oak View) school district despite being completely surrounded by Robinson?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Shadow ()
Date: May 30, 2011 10:42AM

mgnut Wrote:
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> Memories...
>
> Burke Center Parkway Kohls. Someone mentioned it
> was a Hechingers before Kohls. Anyone remember
> what was before Hechingers. :)
>
> I also remember riding my bike through Hadlow
> drive to Linden Tree Lane to get to the 7-11 which
> was right next to the lawnmower repair place.
> Fairfax County parkway took that down.
>
> I also went to many movies at the Rolling Valley
> Mall theatre.

Before Hechingers it was a farm. That was before Burke Centre had been built.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: great falls rugger ()
Date: May 30, 2011 11:08AM

One of the enduring mysteries of my Burke teenage years was the pizza place in Rolling Valley Mall. There was NEVER anyone in this place (not that you couldn't shoot an Uzi in that Mall and never worry about hitting anyone). The guy who owned it was later outed by the local media as the South Vietnamese general executing the prisoner in the famous photo. But the mystery of how a place that no person I ever knew set foot in could stay in business remained. My favorite theory was that it a front for the local Vietnamese mafia.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: May 30, 2011 11:35AM

snowdenscold Wrote:
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> ...in the 22039 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
>
> >
> > The 1-lane bridge on Lee Chapel (now an
> overpass
> > crosses the creek) with the crazy twists in the
> > road leading to the bridge. Always crashes
> there!
>
> My first experience with 1-lane bridges -
> sometimes you'd have to wait for probably 10 cars
> in front of you to take their alternating turns.
> And yeah, that curvy hill leading down was crazy!
>
> > Pohick Rd, when it went from RT 1, all the way
> to
> > RT 123 as 2-lane rd...
>
> I thought I remembered Pohick dead-ending at 123
> in a T-shape in the middle of the woods (now a
> giant overpass) and Robert Carter spun off a
> little ways down. However, maybe it was a 4-way
> light - can anyone help me remember?
>
> > Rolling Rd. McDonalds has motocross pictures at
> a
> > couple of the booths. This was in the 70s, when
> > Motocross and BMX were pretty huge!
>
> I haven't been there in years - but I found it so
> interesting that that McDonalds had a basement.
> However it was roped off like 95% of the time.
>
>
>
> Now here's a trivia question (again, don't know
> answer): Can anyone tell me the historical reasons
> that led to that area of Robert Carter, Clara
> Barton and Havenner remaining in the Woodson
> (Frost, and Oak View) school district despite
> being completely surrounded by Robinson?




Pohick Rd hit Rt 123 at a stop sign (I can still picture it in my mind) where cars could go straight across to Robert Carter, or left/right on 123.

The first one or two homes on each side going into the neighborhood were bulldozed in the early 90s for what would become the Fairfax County Parkway. That's right, the exit ramp from the Fairfax County Parkway where it meets 123 is right where those homes were.

Lester's towing was on the right hand side, just before Rt 123 and there was an old plant nursery on the left side.
The old plant nursery had all sorts of four-wheeling trails back into the woods. Then those houses came in the mid-90s...

Burke Lake Rd and Pohick Rd used to be a 4-way stop sign. Always a cluster- %$#& trying to get through there near 5 PM

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 30, 2011 09:06PM

The Robert Carter/Pohick Rd intersection was the first to get a light for the Fairfax Station neighborhood, years before the Clara Barton light. It was actually more like 3-5 homes that got bulldozed for the intersection, at least 2-3 more inside the neighborhood.

Pohick Rd has a TON of 4 way stops - one of the reasons the Parkway was built was the traffic at all those stops. Bonus points to whoever can name all the 4 ways stop signs (hint: Pohick, Rolling was a 3-way, but that's where the "fun" started)

Now let's see who remembers hanging out at the ORIGINAL Fairfax Station 7-11 at Butts Corners, or the nursery that used to be there - and how that intersection used to look. The "gas station" there was long abandoned when I got here, but does anybody remember when it was open, what sorta station it was?

And I'd still LOVE to hear if anybody ever went to those old country stores (123 and Silverbrook/123 and Henderson), what they were like.........................

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: May 31, 2011 12:01AM

I can't name all of them (Hooes and 123 were two others though), but I want to say the 4-way stop at Lee Chapel and Pohick was one of the LAST to go?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 31, 2011 08:09AM

I think yr right...lasted all the way up to the Pkwy, I believe. Man, it seems soooooooooo long ago.Using Hooes Rd from Backlick to Pohick to get to 123 all to avoid 95 south.

Meanwhile, 95 south STILL SUCKS in the afternoon even more now LoLz

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 31, 2011 09:48AM

re: Halloween Party in future Crosspointe

Not sure if you're thinking of Turkey Bash in November '88. A fraternity at Mason hosted the party in the old farmhouse. 20+ kegs, folks all over the place and four wheeling across the field in a '78 Corrolla in order to escape when the cops showed up. At one point people were tearing down the walls, putting holes in the floor, etc. I'm surprised no one fell through the holes in the floor!

re: Rolling Valley Mall Pizza Hut

My sister did her best to make it a drive through. Shortly after getting her license she mistook the gas for the brake when pulling in and the next thing you know she drove into the wall. Whoops.

Good stuff...keep it coming folks!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 31, 2011 09:52AM

cc Wrote:
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> THe house to the left of the nursery was moved
> from beside the railroad tracks in Burke (old
> burke lake road). Does anyone remember a house on
> the property between Burke Nursery and the gas
> station? It burned.

I want to say that was the Dunford's place...right next door to the Shell (or what used to be a Shell -- across from 7-11).

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: May 31, 2011 12:04PM

I went to the original Burke School. Across the street there was as someone put it, “the Miller compound”. Yes, they had goats and chickens running around. Later they had hubcaps and things for sale in their yard. Went to school with their daughter “Jo Jo”.

The movie theatre at Rolling Valley was great. We use to go there and then getting spring rolls and a coke at the Vietnamese guys pizza joint. From there it was to the record store to browse the albums. You could kill a whole afternoon at Rolling Valley. Where the heck do kids go for fun these days?

Speaking of record stores, anyone remember the old mom and pop record store in Burke Center? It changed to a Music and Arts store eventually. The folks that ran the place were really nice.

Has the Five Star hair ever been anything but Five Star hair? I swear, out of all the places to come and go they seem to have lasted the longest.

Anyone remember Mr. Gatti’s? They had the best pizza in town, honest!

Peoples Drug!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: May 31, 2011 03:18PM

Chris Wrote:
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> Where was the only hotel in Burke located?

Where Burke Nursery stands now. It also had a race track with two softball fields in the center

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Ranger ()
Date: May 31, 2011 03:27PM

Have you heard about the gay men on bikes that meet for sex at Burke Lake Park?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Date: May 31, 2011 03:46PM

Delta Burke and hubby "Major Dad" Gerald McRaney celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary on May 28th.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Mrs burke ()
Date: May 31, 2011 05:19PM

Anyone remember shopping at the Burke Bradlees?

What was the name of the hair salon at RV Mall? Can't remember but got my first 80's perm there in 1984. Stylists included Donna and Fred and was owned by Lance Marciafava of House of Lance. Lance had a few salons, only one I remember was at the end of OKM/Rolling Giant shopping center (with NorthernVa Bank, Kinney's, People's).

This is driving me crazy...what was the name of the ice cream parlor built in the parking lot of RV Mall? Didn't last long, but recall going there after Homecoming in 85.

I can still see the shiny brown brick flooring in the RV Mall. They were slippery and hazardous. There used to be a Dress Barn at the mall until about early 90's.

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Date: May 31, 2011 05:25PM

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: May 31, 2011 05:31PM

I can recall when the Giant at Burke Center Shopping Center first opened up there was a lot of buzz about it being a "Gourmet Giant" which was something like a Whole Foods. However, i think it was just really large ruglar old Giant.

Where Golds Gym is on 123 near Burke Center Pkwy used to be "Fresh Fields" before that a Fantels. I think Whole Foods acquired Fields in the 90's but closed that location.

At the intersection of Burke Center Pkwy and 123 used to be Bills Farm Market. It was basically year round farmers Market. It closed after Bill comitted suicide. Anyone remember Bills real name?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 31, 2011 06:39PM

FurfaxTownie Wrote:
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> I can recall when the Giant at Burke Center
> Shopping Center first opened up there was a lot of
> buzz about it being a "Gourmet Giant" which was
> something like a Whole Foods. However, i think it
> was just really large ruglar old Giant.
>
> Where Golds Gym is on 123 near Burke Center Pkwy
> used to be "Fresh Fields" before that a Fantels. I
> think Whole Foods acquired Fields in the 90's but
> closed that location.
>
> At the intersection of Burke Center Pkwy and 123
> used to be Bills Farm Market. It was basically
> year round farmers Market. It closed after Bill
> comitted suicide. Anyone remember Bills real name?


What the "Gourmet" meant was that they had tons of items available "bulk" outta the old brown barrels... They had nuts, dried fruits, candies, etc etc etc, all available by the scoop/pound. I remember kids at my school used to steal the kids belts off of the shopping carts and wear them as key/wallet chains.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 31, 2011 07:36PM

@ More Complete - the cleaners to the left of Safeway (and I guess the Safeway too LoLz) are also original members of that particular club as well

@ Funfax - before Fantles, it was a Dart Drug. There was a Trak Auto and a Crown Books also, to the right of it all. They outlasted the Dart Drug, but when it became a food store, they made it one whole unit. Also, you forgot that between Fantles and Fresh Fields, it was actually a Food Lion :)

The Burke Centre Giant had (has? i dunno) a LOT of stuff the other Giants didnt have. No, it wasnt a legit Gourmet Giant, but when it opened, they DID have a lot of delicacies. I remember how they had Cow Brains in the meat section when I first went in there.

Bet that wasnt a huge seller LoLz

but yeah, Bills Market was that nursery/food place that was run out of the old school bus (sorta) on Poplar St, next to the railroad tracks that I was tlaking about earlier. Thanks for that name.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: theShadowToo ()
Date: May 31, 2011 07:53PM

Mrs burke Wrote:
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> This is driving me crazy...what was the name of
> the ice cream parlor built in the parking lot of
> RV Mall? Didn't last long, but recall going there
> after Homecoming in 85.

That was Hilary's. Not sure how long it lasted, but it was good while it did.

We had an elementary band concert inside RVM in '79 or so. We set up on those risers and played to a packed audience consisting of our parents.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Mrs. Burke ()
Date: May 31, 2011 08:48PM

Hilary's!! That's it. My local friends could not remember. Great place and I was surprised that it wasn't there longer. Shocking what retail survives in Fairfax County and what quickly shutters.

Off to research what I remember about the Helping Hand program that was referenced a few posts back. As a lifelong walker, it seems that I always knew to look for the helping hand in the window. I recall an actual hand graphic, similar to today's "walk" sign on orange poster board. The idea was that several houses near the route to school would have a Helping Hand mom volunteer who was guaranteed to be at home and could help in an emergency. Come to think of it, maybe we should bring this back, but can you imagine the liability today?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: May 31, 2011 08:55PM

...in the 22039 Wrote:
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> What I remember:
>
>
> Chuck-e-Cheese @ Burke Town Plaza
> The Miller compound at the corner of Burke Lake Rd and BC Pkway

> When Jaxx was a movie theater - and Chesapeake Bay Seafood House was next door

What stands where that Chuck-e-Cheese used to be? By Miller, do you mean the brewery? And wasn't the movie theater downstairs at the current Jaxx location?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: June 01, 2011 12:58PM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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>
> @ Funfax - before Fantles, it was a Dart Drug.
> There was a Trak Auto and a Crown Books also, to
> the right of it all. They outlasted the Dart
> Drug, but when it became a food store, they made
> it one whole unit. Also, you forgot that between
> Fantles and Fresh Fields, it was actually a Food
> Lion :)
>

Its surprising how many retailers have passed through that anchor spot in that shopping centers 25yr history. Those drug stores usuually carry a 10-15 year
leases, grocery stores 20-25 years and often without any rent increases.

Kind of sad to think that the area used to be a somewhat fun place to grow up until the mid-late 90's. It was suburban but with local/regional chains and or local family owned and there was still enough country left that a youngster could find go ol'e clean trouble such as 4 wheeling, dirt biking, field parties, etc. Not anymore though, everything has been bulldozed and developed. Now Fairfax is one giant unic....Oh well I guess thats progress....

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:15PM

Wasn't there a pet store at Rolling Valley Mall at one point?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Stones ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:26PM

I remember Butt's corner 7-11. It was the best. Also, someone mentioned the little stores off 123 and I know it's a ways down but near the prison, there used to be a shop owned by an Asian Family. They sold Crazy Horse malt liquor and the rumor was that they didn't check IDs. One time, my friend bought with a terrible fake and then the lady (who was not the seller) started following us in a van. It was weird! Also, they had a really old man who would wander around the store kind of out of it. We always joked that he got a brain injury in the Vietnam war. Not really funny now that I think about it!

Speaking of the field party off 123 near silverbrook, LB had a similar party in Spring 1995. Seemed like the whole school was there. The guys who planned it would pick you up in a truck or mini-van and go off road through the woods and eventually get to the huge opening. There were balloons at the pick up location off 123 and everyone would park accross the street. It got busted too but it was epic! When the cops first showed they were so confused b/c they saw the cars and knew there was a party but didn't know how to get there.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:27PM

@FurfaxTownie - I used to ask the same sorta questions - and from the answers I got from more than a cpl of shopkeepers, it was due to the fact the owners were a-holes. Rising rents and parking spaces so small a mouse couldnt fit in one were reoccurring issues with Fairfax Station Square throughout the 90's.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Stones ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:29PM

We would also steal the stickers for the Bulk foods at Giant and practically pasted our whole school with them (at White Oaks). They were yellow rectangles with the word of the item and a code. The sillier the item, the hotter the stickers. Stuff like "mixed nuts" was hilarious for Elem kids.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:30PM

Stones Wrote:
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> We would also steal the stickers for the Bulk
> foods at Giant and practically pasted our whole
> school with them (at White Oaks). They were
> yellow rectangles with the word of the item and a
> code. The sillier the item, the hotter the
> stickers. Stuff like "mixed nuts" was hilarious
> for Elem kids.


Thats awesome!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:36PM

The braddock Districk heritage stuff is super cool. Especially the oral histories and these pics. I could spend all day on there.

http://braddockheritage.org/resources/item/213/

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:43PM

@Stones - Atomic Fire Balls was my personal fav :)

are their any food stores around that still do bulk foods?

Out west, WinCo (a walmart-like grocery store) and Yokes (kinda local Spokane region-type store like Giant was waaaaaaaaaaaay back in the day before the Dutch bought it) had them around.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:52PM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> @FurfaxTownie - I used to ask the same sorta
> questions - and from the answers I got from more
> than a cpl of shopkeepers, it was due to the fact
> the owners were a-holes. Rising rents and parking
> spaces so small a mouse couldnt fit in one were
> reoccurring issues with Fairfax Station Square
> throughout the 90's.

Yep, I know the guy who owned the tanning salon there, said the same thing. Owners were jerks who constantly raised rent.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: June 01, 2011 01:53PM

Fegelein Wrote:
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> Wasn't there a pet store at Rolling Valley Mall at
> one point?

Yes, there sure was.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: June 01, 2011 02:13PM

Have they widened those parking spaces at Fairfax Station Square ever? I remember they used to be tiny.

There was some other spot in Burke that also had super tiny parking spaces, but I can't quite remember. Was it the K-mart (now Walmart)? It's really bugging me.



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: June 03, 2011 02:03PM

The area where Rolling Road goes over the Norfolk Southern train tracks via bridge....let's say you're heading south on that bridge, isn't there still part of the old bridge abutment still visible from way back in the day when Rolling Road made a slight curve over the tracks?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: oldtimer ()
Date: June 04, 2011 06:37PM

Korvettes?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: June 05, 2011 06:29PM

oldtimer Wrote:
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> Korvettes?


Yeah, but that was over in Franconia near the Food Court side of the Springfield Mall

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: June 05, 2011 06:32PM

Fegelein Wrote:
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> ...in the 22039 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > What I remember:
> >
> >
> > Chuck-e-Cheese @ Burke Town Plaza
> > The Miller compound at the corner of Burke Lake
> Rd and BC Pkway
>
> > When Jaxx was a movie theater - and Chesapeake
> Bay Seafood House was next door
>
> What stands where that Chuck-e-Cheese used to be?
> By Miller, do you mean the brewery? And wasn't the
> movie theater downstairs at the current Jaxx
> location?

Glory Days is now where Chuck-e-Cheese in Burke

Miller brew, no. The last name of the people who owned the property were the Millers...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: June 06, 2011 08:26AM

Bosten CHICKEN, I remember that...

I was just thinking about the "Books" store that started next to Safeway @ 123 and BCP, or more specifically, "Sacks Are Loaded" the Sports Card store that was in the back of "Books".

God I can picture the grumpy-ass guy behind the counter, a miserable old codger, Maybe his name was Barry? does anybody remember him or know why he was such a grumpy jerk? Probably because he couldn't pay the mortgage selling me 50 cent Cal Ripkens or Ken Griffey Jrs.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 06, 2011 09:06AM

OMG JBass - Joe's Books!! (and guess what his name was?)And stop with the Grumpy old man routine - he was the coolest! Well, at least to me he was! Man, I prolly put his kid thru college all the money I spent there LoLz

(edit) ohhh, wait a minute - you are talking not about Joe but about the card dude who he rented space out too. Ok, I acquiescence. My brother dealt with him and I think yr right about that personality. You should've stuck to X-Men and Manga if you wanted personality LoLz



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: June 06, 2011 09:15AM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> OMG JBass - Joe's Books!! (and guess what his
> name was?)And stop with the Grumpy old man routine
> - he was the coolest! Well, at least to me he
> was! Man, I prolly put his kid thru college all
> the money I spent there LoLz
>
> (edit) ohhh, wait a minute - you are talking not
> about Joe but about the card dude who he rented
> space out too. Ok, I acquiescence. My brother
> dealt with him and I think yr right about that
> personality. You should've stuck to X-Men and
> Manga if you wanted personality LoLz

YEAH, the Book guys were cool, didnt they move over to the Burke Village Center after the BCP shopping center renovation?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 06, 2011 09:32AM

no, they went over closer to Hechingers (Kohls for y'all newbies) up until they went out of business :(

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: books ()
Date: June 06, 2011 10:25AM

the "Books" section moved to burke village 2 (which has since closed). The comics part of the store moved to the section of the shopping center near Kohls, then to University Mall.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: June 06, 2011 10:28AM

books Wrote:
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> the "Books" section moved to burke village 2
> (which has since closed). The comics part of the
> store moved to the section of the shopping center
> near Kohls, then to University Mall.


So Im not going crazy then, I assume the "Sacks are Loaded" guy just "punted" and packed it in?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: June 06, 2011 02:36PM

My theory is Barry Sacks was in the FBI witness relocation program.

Of course he was an old codger, he spent his days haggling with little kids over a few dollars and Leer Jose Conseco Rookie card.



JBass Wrote:
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> books Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > the "Books" section moved to burke village 2
> > (which has since closed). The comics part of
> the
> > store moved to the section of the shopping
> center
> > near Kohls, then to University Mall.
>
>
> So Im not going crazy then, I assume the "Sacks
> are Loaded" guy just "punted" and packed it in?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: NOVAman ()
Date: June 06, 2011 06:31PM

We used to go to Planet Play in the shopping center where the Wal-Mart is all the time, not sure what the place is now. Spent sooooo much money playing Time Crisis haha that was addicting.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: June 07, 2011 05:24AM

Anyone know what used to be at the southwest intersection of Burke Road and Burke Lake Road adjacent to the Southern Railroad tracks where they're now building houses? I remember before the construction happened, there was a old shed with some type of machine in it. But I do know on the opposite side, there used to be a mulch pile.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: CrabbyNative ()
Date: June 07, 2011 08:04AM

Oddly enough I saw the reincarnation of "Sacks are Loaded" in a Manassas Antuque store in Manassas Shopping Center (corner of Matis and Sudley). GUess what...he was haggling with some kid over a card.....seriously. This about two years ago.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: June 07, 2011 08:43AM

CrabbyNative Wrote:
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> Oddly enough I saw the reincarnation of "Sacks are
> Loaded" in a Manassas Antuque store in Manassas
> Shopping Center (corner of Matis and Sudley).
> GUess what...he was haggling with some kid over a
> card.....seriously. This about two years ago.


Amazing intel! Thats hilarious!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: June 10, 2011 04:55AM

That single family home that is next to the Citgo gas station, weren't there two single family homes there in what is now open land between the house and the gas station?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 10, 2011 08:50AM

@Fegelein - yes, a house was demolished sometime in the 90's i think between Citgo and the Curve somewhere - older looking place.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Zimbo ()
Date: July 23, 2011 04:10AM

@ Fegelein

Interesting you point that out. I remember that house between the nursery and citgo being a pile of junk before the owners fixed her up. But what I dont get is slide 10 from http://braddockheritage.org/content/vault/Burke%20Slides%20-%20Pt%202_fc9a1ef799.pdf

There is two houses like you said! But where is the small house that stands currently? That big house on the top of slide 10 looks like the burke hotel.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Shadow ()
Date: July 23, 2011 11:55AM

@Zimbo, I'm pretty sure the property behind the firestation is where the gas station is now, the next house up is gone, and the land is for sale currently. YOu can just make out a redish bldg at the top of the slide, which I believe is gone but was on the property that has the house next to the nursery now.
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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Scott ()
Date: July 23, 2011 01:39PM

You never know. LB '82

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: July 23, 2011 01:50PM

great pic, shadow

I dont know if I'm right, but I think it's just that parking lot in that pic that KC's Auto (the Citgo) sits on , not the house. But again i dunno............

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Trsitan ()
Date: July 23, 2011 08:06PM

@Zimbo

according to the Burke history book (where the picture above is taken from), that big house at the top of the picture is the old burke hotel that used to be owned by the Cooperthite race track. It was burned by an arsonist in 1980s.

I have my doubts however; I thought the hotel was clearly on the nursery's property formerly - since its address was 9401 when it burned to the ground.

The white house is on the land for sale (covered in bush now). The 'burke hotel' seems to be on the current property of that small house (currently). Heck, is that the foundation of the old building from the aerial view?

Other fun facts: that white building on the bottom of the screen used to be the post office. After that they sold lawn mowers/tractors I believe.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: kyle ()
Date: July 23, 2011 08:21PM

who planted all dose damn trees

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: robonscanner1 ()
Date: July 23, 2011 11:18PM

Yea that small building was the post office. I had one pf those PO boxes that had a funky combo lock.
It then became a lawn mower and or a knit supply place .

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: July 23, 2011 11:30PM

Trsitan Wrote:
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>
> Other fun facts: that white building on the bottom
> of the screen used to be the post office. After
> that they sold lawn mowers/tractors I believe.


Yes, it was the former post office, and I believe they might have also done lawnmower repair.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: July 24, 2011 01:05AM

whats really funny is that white house on the middle left of the pic is still there, completely surrounded by the little shopping center with the 7-11 and the big bite. I forget what business uses it now. I think a realty company or consignment or something like that I dunno.

Man, remember when a coal train would go thru Burke and everything would just shut down for 5 minutes. Same like with Guinea Rd......................wow, who would ever think you'd reminisce over something like that .........................

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: robonscanner1 ()
Date: July 24, 2011 01:49AM

I used to go to the movies in the mall adjacent to shopers and track auto..
I would take LB dates to see a movie there and then go to anitas.
That is when tex mex food was a delicacy.
That was fun.
A body of mine used to never buy new tires for his car. He would just go to the commuter lot at mid day and just take 2 tires from a car in there. We thought it was funny then.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Trsitan ()
Date: July 24, 2011 02:02PM

That house, or the consignment shop now, used to be the old burke railway station, with the rails on the current location of big bite/7-11. They moved it in the early 1900s.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Trish ()
Date: August 11, 2011 11:55PM

Wow - Burke Trivia. The internet DOES have everything!! :-) I stumbled upon this thread when I was trying to find out what the name of the old cosmetic store was in Rolling Valley Mall - where Dart Drug was and where JoAnn Fabrics is. Does anyone happen to remember the name? (It seems like mostly guys are posting on this thread, but maybe one of you can recall? Your memories are fantastic!). Thanks!!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Ray ()
Date: August 12, 2011 10:49AM

Rebecca Wrote:
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> Taco Bell was the library. A funny little round
> building if I remember correctly. It burned down.


Anyone remember who burned the library? I do.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: August 12, 2011 10:56AM

Easy one, James Orth

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Oldguy ()
Date: August 12, 2011 10:57AM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> OMG JBass - Joe's Books!! (and guess what his
> name was?)And stop with the Grumpy old man routine

Joe was cool. His store used to be on 28 in Manassas back in the 80's when I collected comics.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: August 12, 2011 04:23PM

The more I think about, the more I realize this county probably peaked around 87-88. After that things really snowballed out of control with traffic.



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Nephew ()
Date: September 15, 2011 10:49AM

Yes, he's still with us.

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Re: Burke Trivia
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Date: September 16, 2011 09:42AM


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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: got_it ()
Date: September 16, 2011 09:48AM

JBass Wrote:
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> What was Taco Bell before it was converted?
> BONUS: What happened to the original building?
>
> What was Wal-Mart before it was converted?

1.) Taco Bell used to be the Burke Center Library, until it burned down. So the original building burned down.

2.) Wal-Mart was Kmart!!!! Oh man I remember sitting in the parking lot one time waiting on some friends to come out and I see this kid running out the door sort of smiling who then gets pummeled by loss prevention onto the sidewalk and dragged back into the store.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Anywhoo ()
Date: September 16, 2011 10:41AM

Can you name the pizza joint that used to be in the Kings Park Shopping Center or the name of the original bank that is now Wells Fargo. There was also a gift shop next to the pizza place.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Anonoldgeezer ()
Date: September 16, 2011 10:48AM

Sure...Fortuna and the bank went through many names, although I think the original was VA National...could be wrong on that one.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: got_it ()
Date: September 16, 2011 10:55AM

Anyone remember Pacific Cafe or Pinos in the burke shopping center?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Still more Burke Trivia ()
Date: September 16, 2011 12:46PM

So glad to hear other posters remember the Handy Dandy market and old Civil War trenches.

Does anyone remember a riding stable in Burke called Millstone or Millstone Farms? It was owned (or managed) by a family with the last name Vinogradiv (guessing at spelling) or something close to that.

The stable and a house were on a bit of a hill off a dirt road, and there was a pond on the property. The whole thing seems to have been wiped off the map.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Steve Jones ()
Date: October 23, 2011 02:04PM

The Movie theater, Rolling Valley 4? was where the Auto Zone currently is along with the adjacent open space and where a soon to be opened Dollar General Store currently is. At one point there was a Dart Drug store in that space. The Ross store is on the end of the shopping center.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Nephew ()
Date: October 24, 2011 02:09PM

Uncle Jona Shortt died 11 October 2011. What a man.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: bobby ()
Date: October 25, 2011 09:06AM

More Complete Wrote:
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> Anyone remember Mr. Gatti’s? They had the best
> pizza in town, honest!



Yep, I used to love going there. Anyone remember what took over after Mr Gatti's?

I know it was Hopsfrog and is now a PNC Bank but it must have been something After Mr Gatti's and before Hopsfrog.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BurkeIte ()
Date: October 25, 2011 09:35PM

The mr Gattis became Fritters for about 10 years before it became Hopsfrog.

The store by Dart Drug in Rolling Valley was Woolco, not Woolworths. All my clothes came from Woolco, plus an occasional Hamster. We used to ride our bikes to Anitas and eat salsa then go shopping at Wolco. Before Woolco I think it was a Dart Home? And the Shoppers was an A&P.

Also Anitas used to be a doughnut shop on one side and a coffee caboodle on the other. And the strip where subway is was just one building with a Hillarys Ice Cream shop.

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Posted by: Old Burke Geezer ()
Date: October 26, 2011 04:48PM

To Nephew...very sorry to hear of Jona's passing. I knew him many years ago as I worked for him as a helper with his farrier business. I also used to take care of his hounds, muck the stalls at Old Oak Farm on Pohick Rd when it was still a dirt road. I have many fond memories of him and his life. The animals, including the guinea hens, chickens, dogs and horses were quite fun to work with. I also recall him in his red hunt master outfit on the back of his beautiful buckskin horse. He was an incredible horseman and farrier. I also recall his Pontiac Boneville, convertible where I'd lug the tools to. He loved that car.... I worked with him in the late sixties and boarded my horse at his farm. I do recall 2 small boys, who he loved dearly...and that incredible old oak tree in the yard...biggest one I've ever seen. Anyway, my sympathies to the family and I hope you know that Jona touched many lives through his...he was quite the character and I remember him fondly.

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Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: October 27, 2011 03:25PM

BurkeIte Wrote:
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> The mr Gattis became Fritters for about 10 years
> before it became Hopsfrog.

Yes, Fritters. They made a pretty good French Dip sandwhich.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Ledo Pizza ()
Date: October 27, 2011 03:40PM

Does anyone remember the drowing in Lake Barton back in the 90 - 92 time frame I believe. I worked at Ledo Pizza durring this time and one of the guys I worked with in the kitchen was there and drowned. The coroners report came back and we were told it appeared as though he had slipped and hit his head before going in the water.

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Posted by: off topic on this thread I know ()
Date: October 27, 2011 03:50PM

The Safeway on Burke Centre Parkway has to be the worst one ever. Last night I was in there and tried to buy some produce. The register couldnt scan the barcode so he said I couldnt buy it. I mean could a place be anymore messed up. If this was a one time thing I might be able to deal with it but at this store it is something every time you go in there. On Friday nights there are at most three registers open and the self serves are usually broken.
The lines stretch through the store and I have seen some people throw the merchandise down and walk out.

I know my bad for continuing to go there but the prices are better than Giant. I will switch to the Shoppers Food on Keene Mill even though it is much further away.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BurkeRes ()
Date: October 27, 2011 05:05PM

That Safeway is a Union shop and the Union is in control. I asked a cashier one time why those self-check-outs are shut down at night and she said, Union rules demand that they shut down the self-check-outs at night.
Bottom line, when you want to get in and out without a hassle, don't go to the Safeway, especially at odd hours.

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Posted by: off topic on this thread I know ()
Date: October 27, 2011 10:49PM

On Friday when I went there it was 6pm so not really the off hours. Even on some Saturdays it is the same thing in the middle of the day.

Its almost like they are trying to run the customers away. Other than Giant they have no competition in Burke unless you want to go to Shoppers on Keene Mill.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Fegelein ()
Date: February 17, 2012 12:37AM

Anyone remember when Rolling Road was a two-lane road and the bridge that went over Southern Railway/Norfolk Southern railway tracks? I think the old bridge abutment is still there before they straighten that portion of Rolling Road out. Can anyone conform this?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: snowdenscold ()
Date: February 17, 2012 10:33AM

Anyone remember when they rolled large rolls of tobacco down Rolling Road?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: February 17, 2012 11:03AM

I can conform it.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: February 17, 2012 11:34AM

Anyone remember buying a train ticket at Fairfax Station?

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Date: March 17, 2012 07:03AM

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/16/2013 01:27PM by chuckhoffmann.

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Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: March 17, 2012 12:23PM

Fegelein Wrote:
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> Anyone remember when Rolling Road was a two-lane
> road and the bridge that went over Southern
> Railway/Norfolk Southern railway tracks? I think
> the old bridge abutment is still there before they
> straighten that portion of Rolling Road out. Can
> anyone conform this?


Funny, as I was just thinking of the way Rolling Road used to be, back in the 70s

It was widened to 4 lanes in the mid-late 80s, as I recall. I am not sure of the exact year... The bridge would have been widened about the same time.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: RSS 1979 ()
Date: March 17, 2012 12:37PM

Back in 79 a bunch of us cool kids went to Lake Braddock SS at 2am and changed the sign to read "Lick Badcock suck man daily school". That was awesome.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Shadow ()
Date: March 17, 2012 01:35PM

chuckhoffmann Wrote:
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> Hay Zeus Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Anyone remember buying a train ticket at
> Fairfax
> > Station?
>
> According to the book Fairfax Station: All
> Aboard!, the Fairfax Station closed in 1973, which
> I suspect predates by a decade or more the birth
> of most of the posters here.

Wow, chuck, I had no idea you were that young!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Driving me crazy ()
Date: April 07, 2012 11:28PM

Anyone remember what was in the current glory days after chuck e cheese and before glory days?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Bruin ()
Date: April 08, 2012 12:21AM

OK, nobody is on it, so here goes-

The shooter in that pic was ARVN Gen. Nguyen Loan(?). The guy he shot had just knocked off the family of one of his men. The restaurant was called something like "Le Trois Continents" (French, American and Viet-Namese cuisine). You could hang in there and talk about the war, and he would feed you free beers...that pic hung on the backside of the door to the kitchen. According to an author named Frank Snepp, in a book called "Decent Interval" (that I read LONG AGO), Gen. Loan was on a watch list when the poop hit the fan in Viet Nam in '75. The Americans were afraid that he might resort to holding americans hostage in order to get his family out of the sh!tstorm that enveloped that country. I think I got this right?...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Dorothy Hatch ()
Date: April 15, 2012 01:54PM

Hi,

Did you ride there? or go to the Day Camp? A wonderful place in it's time.
It is still owned by part of the Hatch family. Dell
Vinogradov ran the horse part. She still lives nearby. Now it is part of the Millstone Pond development. The old farm house is owned by The Hatch family still.
Do you know any more history of the farmhouse? I am widow of son, Douglas Hatch and would like to know more. Especially interested if you have any pictures of how it used to be.

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Posted by: Scott ()
Date: April 16, 2012 09:05PM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> Anyone remember buying a train ticket at Fairfax
> Station?


My Dad worked for Southern so we rode alot, for free. I barely remember catching the train at Fairfax Station at least once. Once it closed we'd go to Alexandria.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Dorothy ()
Date: April 21, 2012 05:04PM

Sorry the Hatch family sold their land for that community, Millstone Pond.
I am related to them and have to decide what to do with the old farm house now that the second of the Hatch children died in Dec. 2011. My kids learned to ride there
because they were related.
The one remaining daughter of Ruth is still living off of Shiplett Blvd. She was the one who let you work there in exchange for riding.
A delightfully interesting person.

Would love to have pictures of the place when it was used for the stables and the swimming pond. Do you have any? Post or let me know how to contact you.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: The_Ghost_of_Yucky24. ()
Date: April 22, 2012 05:24AM

We South Run kids were like fucking royalty surrounded by 3rd world townhouse slaves at Lake Braddock - which I thankfully only attended for a year.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: yep ()
Date: April 22, 2012 05:38PM

Before Glory Days and after Chucky Cheese was a place called National Variety. It was kind of like a dollar store.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: south run ()
Date: April 22, 2012 05:40PM

South Run was royalty back in the day. Still a nice hood.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: even older ()
Date: April 22, 2012 05:46PM

There was a place in the small shopping center across from Taco Bell on Burke Rd called Spankys. Small place not much in the way of decor but the fajitas were great.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Charles ()
Date: April 22, 2012 09:27PM

Ledo's?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Chuckie ()
Date: April 22, 2012 09:29PM

Spanky's, across from what is now Taco Bell, wasn't much in the way of a restaurant, and wasn't much in the way of a bar. Decor was by "Prison's-R-Us. It had a dart board, though.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Old-Dude ()
Date: April 24, 2012 06:05PM

Old local geezer Wrote:
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> We used to go to the Handy Dandy in downtown
> Burke, across from the old fire station. They had
> a hitching post out back for our horses. Skinning
> dipping in Bell's pond....gas at Brown's Gulf
> station. Used to work for the Kinchloe's picking
> up bales of hay on their property. They had an old
> barn and silo across from their home.

The Handy Dandy was a general store known as Carson's Trading Post. The Carsons lived on Lee Chapel Rd, behind the school next to where the Vet is now. Mr. Carson Died and Mrs Carson became Postmistress and sold the store.
The Post Office was located in a converted "bay" in Brownie's Gulf. When the new Fire House was built the Post Office moved into the old fire house, white building on Burke Lake Road next to New Fire House. The Post Office had one mailman, Mr Elmer Maley (lived on El James Dr off of Guinnea Rd) Mr. Maley delivered all of what was Burke from the right seat of his old (1952?) Plymouth. (I went to school with Janett Maley) .

Pohick Rd (now 7100) was gravel. Old Keene Mill Road was gravel from Lee Chapel to Pohick (where it ended). There were no houses on Old Keeene Mill from Lee Chapel to Pohick, was to be Dulles, they were all torn down.

There was an old Black community on what is now Roberts Road between the RR tracks and now Burke Centre PW. The land would not "perc" so no septic fields could be put in, so the land was essentially worthless until the sewer lines made it out that far and Burke Center was built. The oweners of houses in that little community were relocated to new houses (with running water and plumbing) off of 123 near Burke Lake Road.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: marksz28 ()
Date: May 29, 2012 04:59PM

hechinger

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 29, 2012 05:28PM

@old dude - the old Zion town is what I believe you are referring too when you mention that Black community. The community center and church near the bend on Zion Dr are all that's left of it..............

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: BofAfff ()
Date: May 30, 2012 10:48AM

right before it was Bank of America (In rolling valley mall) it was a Nations Bank

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Old ()
Date: May 31, 2012 09:20AM

Before the dollar store was jo ann fabrics, before that was michaels and years ago a store called f & m

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Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: May 31, 2012 09:43AM

@Old - before F&M it was a Ben Franklin I believe.

@Bof - before Nations it was Soveran Bank. Before that it was a Bank of Virginia or a First VA bank I think

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Posted by: skav ()
Date: May 31, 2012 08:51PM

The Post Office was located in a converted "bay" in Brownie's Gulf. When the new Fire House was built the Post Office moved into the old fire house, white building on Burke Lake Road next to New Fire House. The Post Office had one mailman, Mr Elmer Maley (lived on El James Dr off of Guinnea Rd) Mr. Maley delivered all of what was Burke from the right seat of his old (1952?) Plymouth. (I went to school with Janett Maley) .

Maley delivered our mail in Lake Braddock community for the first few years, 1970 onwards. Remember the guy and his delivery car well....

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: kellififefty ()
Date: June 01, 2012 02:04PM

There used to be this house up a gravel road off of Burke Lake Rd. next to the Kings Park Library. I heard it belonged to a motorcycle gang. Anyone remember?

This was in the late seventies and early eighties. Please, for the love of god, don't mention WNC.

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Posted by: JBass ()
Date: June 01, 2012 02:11PM

Does anybody remember the dude who ran the plant and produce business off of 123, on the right side headed southbound just past the La Toltecca shopping center? He blew his brains out with a shotgun?

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Posted by: Say What ()
Date: June 11, 2012 10:53AM

Chipotle was a hollywood video store before hand Dumbasses. Boston market has awlways been off of old keene mill hahaha. #truefact

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Posted by: JBass ()
Date: June 11, 2012 11:13AM

Say What Wrote:
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> Chipotle was a hollywood video store before hand
> Dumbasses. Boston market has awlways been off of
> old keene mill hahaha. #truefact


Which Chipotle? And I find the term "always" pretty funny when taking about a 30+ year old building and a 1company that has only been in the area for 18 or so.

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Posted by: BB*X ()
Date: June 11, 2012 11:58AM

"Anyone remember what was in the current glory days after chuck e cheese and before glory days?"

At one point Advance Auto was in there, or maybe it was Track Auto at the time. Then I think Village Ski's and Bikes used the space for about a year. You have to remember that the original Glory Day's was half the size it is now. That was two stores and they had to knock out the wall to make the bigger bar area.

"Does anybody remember the dude who ran the plant and produce business off of 123, on the right side headed southbound just past the La Toltecca shopping center? He blew his brains out with a shotgun?"

I do remember that, he was a friend of some of my parents friends. I don't recall it being a shotgun but he did shoot himself in that old school bus that was back there on the property.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Champion ()
Date: June 11, 2012 12:11PM

Actually there was once a Boston Market there.

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Posted by: fat gguy ()
Date: December 09, 2012 10:14AM

Ledo Pizza Wrote:
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> Does anyone remember the drowing in Lake Barton
> back in the 90 - 92 time frame I believe. I worked
> at Ledo Pizza durring this time and one of the
> guys I worked with in the kitchen was there and
> drowned. The coroners report came back and we were
> told it appeared as though he had slipped and hit
> his head before going in the water.


Ledo pizza is good.

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Posted by: chuckhoffmann ()
Date: December 09, 2012 11:19AM

 



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Mary Huffman ()
Date: January 07, 2013 05:03PM

Hi Dorothy,

I used to ride at Millstone in the 60s when I lived in Falls Church. I might have some pictures, and I can remember exactly how it was laid it. It was my most favorite place to be and I have so many fond memories of the horses, the people, the adventures. I'd love to share some of those moments and memories with anyone interested.

Mary

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Posted by: Burke Brat ()
Date: February 11, 2013 12:34PM

Shadow Wrote:
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> @Zimbo, I'm pretty sure the property behind the
> firestation is where the gas station is now, the
> next house up is gone, and the land is for sale
> currently. YOu can just make out a redish bldg at
> the top of the slide, which I believe is gone but
> was on the property that has the house next to the
> nursery now.


The Gas station (Burke Automotive and now KC's)is now where the sheds are I am pretty sure, the house next to it, I think one of the 2 where used as a Hospital during the Civil War, the other was the Hotel. The Vacant lot as it currently stands was used by the JC's as a haunted house a few years before it burned down.

I seem to recall the hafts had a few chains,. Shoppers, Total Wine, Dart Drug and Dart Home they built many of the current shoppers locations, but from what I recall Fair city Mall and Rolling Valley Mall where built by them. Outback in Twinbrook is is an extension put on the building later and the cvs hollywood video in Twinbrook was the Dart Home?.

The train station/church/consignment shop has been moved but I am pretty sure its in the same location just rotated, the old railroad bed used to run right there until the 1900's and then they where relocated to remove the bend in the tracks that slowed the trains down.

And Burke road never came out at Coffer woods, it connected infront of the Firehouse and only the 1 bridge crossing the creek on Burke Lake Road, at what is now the intersection that cuts Burke Village I and II currently, before Burke Village II there was a building used as a farmers market, not sure of its use prior. and across the street from the entrance now into Burke Village II was an entrance into Bells Pond, you had to cross some cement pipes that allowed the water to run through. I remember an old car that was there atleast until 1985 in the water.

The 2 houses moved where Marshall House which was rebuilt after it burned where 7 - 11 sits now (the graves are still behind the wall, just overgrown) and it is currently at Dead Mans Curve just after the Nursery, and the one at the end of Old Burke Lake Road just before the railroad tracks which used to site where the new post office is now.

The 2 trails to get to the old 7-11 from the lake braddock side before giant was built was at the end of Raintree and the other off High lane, that one you had to slide down the cliff to cross the tracks, basically in Giants loading dock vicinity..

To my knowledge there has only been 1 drowning in Lake Braddock in it history, Kid throwing rocks at the ducks fell in off the boat dock, it was removed by parents and sat for many years as a smaller dock next to the big dock, the posts are still in the water from where is used to attach.

Burke Village also had at the time of Pepperoni stick had Dr. Doolittles Pets, Burke Hardware, Caravel Ice Cream, a TV repair shop, sporting goods store and the KFC was a bank at one time.

The pics attached are current Old Burke Lake Rd at the tracks, and the construction of Burke Rd and Burke Lake road in their current location where the intersect before the bridge
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Posted by: pam reed ()
Date: April 24, 2013 09:52PM

I rode at Millistone Farm in the 1960s, as a child. It was lovely - dirt road, fields and a pond, trail riding forever. That was where I spent years and hours and grew up!
Pam in Maine

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: JoJo Simpson ()
Date: April 27, 2013 06:00PM

Burke Brat Wrote:
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> Shadow Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > @Zimbo, I'm pretty sure the property behind the
> > firestation is where the gas station is now,
> the
> > next house up is gone, and the land is for sale
> > currently. YOu can just make out a redish bldg
> at
> > the top of the slide, which I believe is gone
> but
> > was on the property that has the house next to
> the
> > nursery now.
>
>
> The Gas station (Burke Automotive and now KC's)is
> now where the sheds are I am pretty sure, the
> house next to it, I think one of the 2 where used
> as a Hospital during the Civil War, the other was
> the Hotel. The Vacant lot as it currently stands
> was used by the JC's as a haunted house a few
> years before it burned down.
>
> I seem to recall the hafts had a few chains,.
> Shoppers, Total Wine, Dart Drug and Dart Home they
> built many of the current shoppers locations, but
> from what I recall Fair city Mall and Rolling
> Valley Mall where built by them. Outback in
> Twinbrook is is an extension put on the building
> later and the cvs hollywood video in Twinbrook was
> the Dart Home?.
>
> The train station/church/consignment shop has been
> moved but I am pretty sure its in the same
> location just rotated, the old railroad bed used
> to run right there until the 1900's and then they
> where relocated to remove the bend in the tracks
> that slowed the trains down.
>
> And Burke road never came out at Coffer woods, it
> connected infront of the Firehouse and only the 1
> bridge crossing the creek on Burke Lake Road, at
> what is now the intersection that cuts Burke
> Village I and II currently, before Burke Village
> II there was a building used as a farmers market,
> not sure of its use prior. and across the street
> from the entrance now into Burke Village II was an
> entrance into Bells Pond, you had to cross some
> cement pipes that allowed the water to run
> through. I remember an old car that was there
> atleast until 1985 in the water.
>
> The 2 houses moved where Marshall House which was
> rebuilt after it burned where 7 - 11 sits now (the
> graves are still behind the wall, just overgrown)
> and it is currently at Dead Mans Curve just after
> the Nursery, and the one at the end of Old Burke
> Lake Road just before the railroad tracks which
> used to site where the new post office is now.
>
> The 2 trails to get to the old 7-11 from the lake
> braddock side before giant was built was at the
> end of Raintree and the other off High lane, that
> one you had to slide down the cliff to cross the
> tracks, basically in Giants loading dock
> vicinity..
>
> To my knowledge there has only been 1 drowning in
> Lake Braddock in it history, Kid throwing rocks at
> the ducks fell in off the boat dock, it was
> removed by parents and sat for many years as a
> smaller dock next to the big dock, the posts are
> still in the water from where is used to attach.
>
> Burke Village also had at the time of Pepperoni
> stick had Dr. Doolittles Pets, Burke Hardware,
> Caravel Ice Cream, a TV repair shop, sporting
> goods store and the KFC was a bank at one time.
>
> The pics attached are current Old Burke Lake Rd at
> the tracks, and the construction of Burke Rd and
> Burke Lake road in their current location where
> the intersect before the bridge


Where did you find those latter two vintage photos?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Denise ()
Date: June 03, 2013 02:14PM

I went to Rolling Valley Elementary School.

I moved to Burke Centre in '79. Terra Centre was being built.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Denise ()
Date: June 03, 2013 02:27PM

The McDonald's at the corner of Old Keene Mill Rd and Lee Chapel Rd was a Roy Rogers.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Denise ()
Date: June 03, 2013 02:28PM

It was a Pizza Hut before.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Burke RES ()
Date: June 03, 2013 03:57PM

I am currently a Burke resident. I have actually lived in Burke since 1986, when my father moved to VA to work at for the DOD. Graduated from Lake Braddock, went to GMU, now currently own a "cheap" single family home near Rolling Valley Mall. Obviously, it isn't worth $1M+, but that's ok with me. I love Burke. The traffic is pretty consistent during rush hour, and I never sit in backups on weekends, like I would if I lived in Falls Church or Arlington. My kid gets to go to a FCPS, and I make enough money to send him to summer camps and buy him the latest electronic gadgets (within reason.. I'm not TRYING to raise a spoiled brat!). To the troll who is making fun of all the folks who live in Burke: We don't care what you think. If I wanted to, I could move to your neighborhood, but then I would be house poor (which I suspect that you are). I like living in Burke. I am close enough to the Occoquan river that I can take family boating trips on weekends without spending an hour on the car, we have decent shopping and restaurants, and I don't consider myself poor or lacking in material goods. You might consider me a loser, for never having lived anywhere else, and I would be OK with that. I have a great life, and I think that Burke is a nice community.

Oh, and I used to work in Rolling Valley Mall. At the F&M. (stands for Fred and Margaret). Still the most fun job I've ever had.

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Posted by: Cindy ()
Date: November 02, 2013 09:14PM

I remember the movie theatre at Rolling Valley Mall - it was there when I moved to Burke in 1989. It was next to the Shoppers Food Warehouse. When the theatre closed in the early 1990's Shoppers took over the theatre's space.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: November 02, 2013 11:16PM

I have posted this before, somewhere, the family that ran the movie theater had kids that went to LB. I saw Raiders of The Lost Arc at that theater when it first came out. Their daughter had a kid with one of the guys that worked at the theater. She was one of the few pregnant girls I remember seeing in high school. Not judging, just had never seen much teenage pregnancies before, this was the very early 90's.

That shopping center also used to have Hillary's Gourmet Ice Cream in a stand alone pad site where the IHOP and Tau Tau are now. When we moved to Burke our entertainment system was wired by the electronics store that was near the elbow of the center, can't recall the name. But I used to walk there every weekend to get my Cure and Depeche Mode tapes. Good times. I think at one point there a Dart Drug in the same center. Could be wrong...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Dork ()
Date: November 03, 2013 07:28AM

While on the Rolling Road overpass going over the NS tracks heading south, has anyone ever noticed the old bridge abutment? In case you didn't know, that used to be part of Rolling Roads former route, until they straitened it out.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: The Lonely Death of Doss Wyley ()
Date: November 05, 2013 08:26AM

Trailer's Occupant Dies in Blaze
January 9, 1960
A fire in a house trailer parked at the end of a lonely dirt road in woods a mile and a half south of Burke, Va., caused the death of the occupant last night.

Police said the victim was burned beyond recognition, but they assumed he was Doss Wyley, 57, a house painter.

A motorist on Route 645 saw flames and called police. The trailer was destroyed when Burke and Fairfax firemen arrived. The fire burned a quarter acre of underbrush.

The trailer, in which Wyley lived alone, was a third of a mile from Route 645 and a quarter of a mile from the nearest house.

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Posted by: Combustible Trailer Homes ()
Date: November 05, 2013 08:42AM

Police Identify Victim of Blaze
The Washington Post
January 17, 1960
A man tentatively identified as Jessie Watson, 31, of Falmouth, Va., was burned to death Friday night in a fire in a trailer at Routes 643 and 641, about three miles south of Burke in Fairfax County.

A companion, identified as Clayton Parker, 56, also of Falmouth, was treated at Alexandria Hospital for shock.

Fairfax County Fire Marshal Alfred A. Savia said "there is a possibility that one of the men was smoking in bed." Exactly a week earlier, off a dirt road in the same community, also in a trailer, and also because of a nighttime fire, another man died. He was believed to be Doss Wyley, 57, a house painter.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Local ()
Date: November 21, 2013 10:54PM

Scott Wrote:
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> I remember all of us "new" drivers from LB would
> try to get airborn just after going over the
> tracks.
>
> Someone stated that they couldn't remember if Inga
> had the old 7-11 or not. She did.

Yeah, and you used to be able to get air on Burke lake rd. in front of the Silas Burke house too, before VDOT regraded it. Any of y'all go hang out with all the partiers in the parking lot at Rolling Valley back in the mid eighties? That preceded allot of good times...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: the faggots are burning ()
Date: November 21, 2013 11:14PM

These two guys who died in the second trailer fire that week...do you think they were gay? They sound gay to me.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: bilbo ()
Date: November 22, 2013 10:28PM

What was up with the Miller compound? I lived in Burke in the 90's and the place, you couldn't actually see much if any of it, looked like a junk yard. Eventually they put up all kinds of no trespassing signs. I always wondered what was up there.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: George's owner ()
Date: March 13, 2014 02:50PM

Does anyone remember Spring lake Farm on Burke Lake Rd. I used to board my horse out there and rode my horse down to the Handy Dandy in Burke more than once...As for Millstone farm: I remember it well, and also Quailwood, which was a little further out towards Burke Lake and had some A rated horse shows, in the Spring, Summer and fall. As for Jona Shortt; he was my smithy, knew my horse, before he knew me....and I ended up riding in the Bull Run Hunt club with him, and also my Vet, was Dr. Mouser. Great times!! Anyone know anyone else who boarded their horse at springlake farm?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Romulus ()
Date: March 13, 2014 10:37PM

YES, I remember Spring Lake Farm. A friend of mine used to exercise a horse that was boarded there. Rolling pastures, before mad suburbia hit the area and built up all the damn houses! Don't think I've ever come across anyone else who remembers that place!

As kids we went to Patty's Riding Stables on Guinea Rd. to ride the horses and wander through Burke by horseback. That was back when Burke Road crossed the railroad tracks.



George's owner Wrote:
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> Does anyone remember Spring lake Farm on Burke
> Lake Rd. I used to board my horse out there and
> rode my horse down to the Handy Dandy in Burke
> more than once...As for Millstone farm: I remember
> it well, and also Quailwood, which was a little
> further out towards Burke Lake and had some A
> rated horse shows, in the Spring, Summer and fall.
> As for Jona Shortt; he was my smithy, knew my
> horse, before he knew me....and I ended up riding
> in the Bull Run Hunt club with him, and also my
> Vet, was Dr. Mouser. Great times!! Anyone know
> anyone else who boarded their horse at springlake
> farm?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Burke Denizen ()
Date: March 27, 2014 06:07PM

I used to work at Pattys stable. No pay, but free riding. We would take care of the horses, muck stalls, run the rentals, etc. There were a handful of us there and we had a great time riding the trails throughout Burke. I went on to work with Jona Shortt, the farrier. He and I shod many horses throught the county while I worked for him for two years while boarding my horse at his place, Old Oak Farm on Pohick Rd, which was dirt. I also took care of his hounds which he used for the fox hunts. There were a large number of stables in the area, including Spring Lakes, Chuck Ackerman's (at Braddock and Guinea) among others. Many horse shows and opportunities to hire out as a groom for the big shows, such as Upperville's. Many good memories of the area before it became so suburban...

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Kayjay ()
Date: July 26, 2014 03:14PM

Walmart was originally a Bradlee's!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: TNT Jackson ()
Date: July 26, 2014 05:07PM

I've lived in Burke since 1979. I remember going to the old 7-11 where the post office is now. The bathroom was dingy and weird and had a strange orange toilet. There was also a large white house that was actually moved over the railroad tracks and is still there now.

When they did the road improvements and widened Burke Lake road where the old bridge was, I remember the construction workers whistling at my mom as she drove by in our old Chevy station wagon.

There was also a March of Dimes haunted house at the old Burke hotel next to the old Citgo before it burned down.

I also remember waiting forever for the trains to roll by at both railroad crossings. As a kid I loved watching the freight trains roll through. The longer the better.

Braddock road hadn't been widened, 123 was a two lane road, no FFX County Parkway.

I remember the construction of Giant across from Terra Centre. There was no Bradlees or Judy's Party Shop. Just trees.


Burke is still a nice place to live and raise your kids. Hopefully they don't clear anymore 1 acre lots to put 5 houses in.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Nice Guy Eddie ()
Date: July 26, 2014 10:35PM

Great thread! Was a freshman at LBSS in 1979 when a small fire knocked out the AC and electrical and we had to go to Robinson the last six weeks of the year. Robinson students went in the AM and LB students in the afternoon. Burke Centre was opening and they ran a jingle incessantly on the radio. Something like: “Sunny days and sunny ways Burke Centre is the place for you and me”.
I remember standing in the cold waiting to mail Christmas packages because the Post Office in the white building could only handle about three people in the lobby. In our Sophomore year our history teacher made us all do a Burke History project but back then you the only info you could only find was the race track, the hotel, and fire burning down the hotel. Poor bastard had to read 150 papers that all essentially said the same three things.
The theater at University Mall was a first run theater and I saw my first R rated movie, Animal House. OMG OMG OMG boobies! Route 123 was two lanes all the way to Occoquan and it had some tight turns just past Burke Centre which were smoothed out when they widened the road. As someone else already mentioned B-106 had their studios back there.
I worked at the Twinbrook Pizza Hut (white people did that back then) and there was Dart Drug which had a Space Invaders and then a Defender game. Angies seemed more like a bar than a pizza joint. The front window was blacked out. We would occasionally trade pizza with Baskin Robins for ice cream but if the owner of B&R found out he’d lose his shit.
New Years Eve of 1981 while driving home after closing I passed the accident on Commonwealth where Kevin Tunell hit Susan Herzog head on and killed her. His station wagon had plowed into her VW Bug. You could tell from looking at the crumpled in front end of the Bug that the driver could not have lived.
Back then LB had tables instead of desks and I sat at a table with James Stevens for English. A year later he became distraught about his girlfriend rejecting his marriage proposal and took people hostage at the school for 21 hours. He was a nice guy but he seemed to be a little troubled and I was not surprised at what happened. Glad no one was hurt.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: ResidentofEmporiaVirginia ()
Date: July 27, 2014 12:33AM

Wow. Burke Seemed better Back Then. we're there any southern Accents in Burke before the Asian Immigrants Came?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Old School Burke ()
Date: July 27, 2014 11:50PM

ResidentofEmporiaVirginia Wrote:
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> Wow. Burke Seemed better Back Then. we're there
> any southern Accents in Burke before the Asian
> Immigrants Came?

Southern accents? Holy fuck...if you didn't speak in a southern accent in Burke prior to 1993, your ass was lynched!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Poo Poo and Pee Pee ()
Date: September 03, 2014 12:54AM

Anyone know what type of business is now located across from Burke Nursery?

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Date: September 03, 2014 03:10AM

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/09/2014 06:10AM by chuckhoffmann.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Onika Maraj ()
Date: September 10, 2014 05:45PM

I only go to Rolling Valley Mall for Ross, Petco, IHOP & Cedar's Cafe.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: NS 13 ()
Date: September 10, 2014 11:17PM

We bought our beer at that old 7-11 on our way to camp at Fountian Head lake in 1977, I think it was a Handy Dandy before?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Burke Brat ()
Date: September 11, 2014 12:48AM

I don't know who decided to resize the parking spaces at RVM, but your SOL if you drive a full size vehicle, and god forbid you go in the early morning, the GYM has taken over most of the spaces, and most of the mall.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: KC46 ()
Date: December 10, 2014 01:07PM

This has taken me back, way back. I remember Patty's when she still lived on Seminary Road in Alexandria. We hacked the horses & ponies over to the farm in Burke when the big move happened. That was all country, farms and horses then. Later I kept a horse at Chuck Ackerman's barn. Well, at that time he rented one with the stalls in the middle and an outside aisle around the inner squarew which we used for riding at night or during inclement weather. Is that where he ended up? This would have been around 1962 or '63. I remember Dr. Mauser. Our blacksmith back then was Red Revelle.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: MGlenn ()
Date: January 23, 2015 11:00PM

I may have some photos of Mill Stone. Do you still need them?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: sheppard ()
Date: March 01, 2015 08:07PM

MGlenn Wrote:
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> I may have some photos of Mill Stone. Do you still
> need them?


Yes
post them here please.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Dart drug ()
Date: March 01, 2015 08:34PM

Dart Drug, and enclosed shopping mall and the Rolling Valley Movie theater was located near shoppers. I saw The Exorcist at that theater!



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> herewegoagain Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Does anyone remember the movie theater at
> Rolling
> > Valley Mall? I think it was on the end where
> Ross
> > is now. My brother and I walked there one time
> to
> > see Karate Kid when it was released. The
> > original, so this would have been in '84.
>
> Went there many a time as a kid. It was inside
> the mall, just to the right of where Shoppers is
> now. Among the movies I recall seeing there were
> Prophecy, Black Stallion, Scanners, and that one
> at the mausoleum w/ the round silver ball with
> spikes on it that flew through the hallways
> looking for heads to drill into. The name
> completely escapes me right now.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: rolling valley movies return ()
Date: March 01, 2015 09:12PM

Its kind of ironic that there is once again a movie theatre there. This time its inside the gym, in a special dark room with exercise bikes and that type of stuff. The screen is decent size, bigger than some small theaters, sound quality is decent, and you can exercise during the films. Or you can just sit on a machine and watch.

By the way the Dollar store next to the gym is amazing. Excellent variety of stuff there, for a $1 of course.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Mike Holmes ()
Date: May 23, 2015 11:49AM

Hello all, I just discovered this thread and enjoyed reading about Patty's Riding Stable, where I was a camper -- the only boy -- in 1958 and '59. I've found some of the Ruffner family, whom I knew, some of the counselors, and am looking for Rennie Rodgers (sp?). No one I've contacted knows where she is. If anyone knows I'd appreciate a lead! Thanks, Mike Holmes

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Poo Poo and Pee Pee ()
Date: September 04, 2015 09:11PM

Is it possible to follow the old ROW for the train tracks that went through Burke before the realigned them?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Stones. ()
Date: September 04, 2015 09:56PM

This thread is trippy. It was fun reading my comments from the first page.

Anyway....Rosie Gordon anyone? That kinda sucked.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: September 20, 2015 08:54PM

Poo Poo and Pee Pee Wrote:
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> Is it possible to follow the old ROW for the train
> tracks that went through Burke before the
> realigned them?

You might be able to see the old ROW near in Silas Burke Park.

Can anyone confirm that?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: November 28, 2015 03:41PM

Video of a former Southern unit crossing over the former at-grade crossing for Burke Road, circa 1982: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRXcCwvn4ZM

Video of a former Southern unit crossing over the former at-grade crossing for Burke Lake Road, circa 1984: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDk53PIkBwQ

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: December 30, 2015 09:04AM

Not exactly trivia per-say, but Fairfax County is eventually going to straighten out that sharp curve on Burke Road.

Source: http://heritagesquarehomes.org/uploads/Springfield.pdf
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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: January 03, 2016 03:04AM

What structure used to stand right where Mill Cove Court now is?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Toxteth O'Grady, USA ()
Date: January 04, 2016 01:05PM

Here's a good one:

Where are Silas Burke, his wife and two infant children buried?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Kingsarms ()
Date: February 27, 2016 09:28AM

I grew up in Falls Church but in 1963 my grandparents moved to Red Fox Forest (off of Braddock opposite Kings Park Shopping Center). My grandfather was an avid fisherman and it didn't him long to discover Burke Lake (very primitive back then - nothing more than a bait shed at the lake's marina).

On his way to the lake he would often stop at Carson's Trading Post (the old house 7-11) across from the fire department to buy bait. He eventually met Roy Carson, the Burke VFD Fire Chief, who told him about other good fishing ponds in the area. As I always enjoyed fishing with my grandfather, I would often ride along in his well-worn '64 Nova, so I got to meet Chief Carson and check out all of the station's fire trucks. Pretty exciting stuff for a 9 or so year old kid!

I found this photo of the second Burke Fire Station online. From the age of the equipment parked in front, I'm guessing this was taken in the early 1960s.
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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: January 17, 2017 03:55PM

Old local geezer Wrote:
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> We used to go to the Handy Dandy in downtown
> Burke, across from the old fire station. They had
> a hitching post out back for our horses. Skinning
> dipping in Bell's pond....gas at Brown's Gulf
> station. Used to work for the Kinchloe's picking
> up bales of hay on their property. They had an old
> barn and silo across from their home.


Where is/was Bell's Pond located at?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: A. Hamster ()
Date: January 30, 2017 04:30PM

I'd also like to know where Bell's Pond was located!

Grew up in Burke, but I was born in the late 70s so I missed the rural stuff. My haunts:

Burke Village Center: I rode my bike to get slurpees at the 7-11 across from the fire station; took my daughters there just a few months ago. I'm glad people remembered the haunted house; I had forgotten about that. A favorite memory is the light-up tinsel displays they'd put on the light posts of the parking lot. The Giant is closed now, which is sad. Anyone remember the large guy who did the carts at Giant (short red hair, always talked to us kids)? I remember the post office, and afterward when it was converted into a mower repair shop (we brought ours there). Also, Han's TV repair shop. What was there before Spartan's? Also, there was a library on the site where the taco bell is now?? I have no memory of that. I'd love to know more about the old houses back along the railroad... did I hear someone say that there are graves nearby the 7-11?

Twinbrook: We'd also bike to get ice cream at BR and pizza at Pizza Hut (BookIt!). Also, shoutouts to McKay's bookstore and Twinbrook Video! Just this past year I traded in store credit from that location at the McKay's in Manassas; store members were calling each other over to take a look at the old-school vouchers. I forget what it was before the video store. Also, remember the little Santa booth at the elbow of the stores, and the reindeer? I can't remember if the reindeer were on the flat vertical part of the roof, or up on top.

Kings Park: What was the name of the restaurant in Kings Park that had the artwork on the window (I think in gold foil) that had this comic strip character, and a tall woman with big hair holding a tray with a fish on it? I could be misremembering. Also I remember when the CVS was a Hardees. I was looking through my stuff and found some halloween toys from there (my parents would take me for meals there after school at Holy Spirit). I live elsewhere but I still go see the same dentist I've had since the beginning of time (Dr. Olenyn, off Lyngate Ct).

Rolling Valley: I bought a little 12-18" christmas tree, lights, and ornaments from Ben Franklin when I was in grade school. I've put it up every year since then. I never knew about the pizza place owned by the guy from that execution photo, that's crazy.

Thank you everyone for your memories and the pictures!

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Posted by: MWM ()
Date: January 30, 2017 04:47PM

A. Hamster Wrote:
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> I'd also like to know where Bell's Pond was
> located!
>
> Grew up in Burke, but I was born in the late 70s
> so I missed the rural stuff. My haunts:
>
> Burke Village Center: I rode my bike to get
> slurpees at the 7-11 across from the fire station;
> took my daughters there just a few months ago. I'm
> glad people remembered the haunted house; I had
> forgotten about that. A favorite memory is the
> light-up tinsel displays they'd put on the light
> posts of the parking lot. The Giant is closed now,
> which is sad. Anyone remember the large guy who
> did the carts at Giant (short red hair, always
> talked to us kids)? I remember the post office,
> and afterward when it was converted into a mower
> repair shop (we brought ours there). Also, Han's
> TV repair shop. What was there before Spartan's?
> Also, there was a library on the site where the
> taco bell is now?? I have no memory of that. I'd
> love to know more about the old houses back along
> the railroad... did I hear someone say that there
> are graves nearby the 7-11?
>
> Twinbrook: We'd also bike to get ice cream at BR
> and pizza at Pizza Hut (BookIt!). Also, shoutouts
> to McKay's bookstore and Twinbrook Video! Just
> this past year I traded in store credit from that
> location at the McKay's in Manassas; store members
> were calling each other over to take a look at the
> old-school vouchers. I forget what it was before
> the video store. Also, remember the little Santa
> booth at the elbow of the stores, and the
> reindeer? I can't remember if the reindeer were
> on the flat vertical part of the roof, or up on
> top.
>
> Kings Park: What was the name of the restaurant
> in Kings Park that had the artwork on the window
> (I think in gold foil) that had this comic strip
> character, and a tall woman with big hair holding
> a tray with a fish on it? I could be
> misremembering. Also I remember when the CVS was a
> Hardees. I was looking through my stuff and found
> some halloween toys from there (my parents would
> take me for meals there after school at Holy
> Spirit). I live elsewhere but I still go see the
> same dentist I've had since the beginning of time
> (Dr. Olenyn, off Lyngate Ct).
>
> Rolling Valley: I bought a little 12-18"
> christmas tree, lights, and ornaments from Ben
> Franklin when I was in grade school. I've put it
> up every year since then. I never knew about the
> pizza place owned by the guy from that execution
> photo, that's crazy.
>
> Thank you everyone for your memories and the
> pictures!


The artist was Bill Rechin, who passed away in 2011 and created the nationally-syndicated "Out of Bounds" and "Crock" cartoon strips. His family still lives around here. The restaurant moved to another location, if I remember correctly.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: restaurant was named Vinnies ()
Date: January 30, 2017 04:48PM

I think

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Not too old ()
Date: January 30, 2017 06:00PM

Anyone pay for the lifetime Erol's rentals? Once the were bought out you got 10 free rentals.

FYI, I live in Lorton and proud of it. I just tell people it is a "Gated Community"

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: A. Hamster ()
Date: January 31, 2017 09:10AM

Yes, Crock!!! That was the comic! And also, yes, it was Vinnie's. Thank you so much, I'd tried in vain to remember that.

For a thread that started in 2011, I got a response in less than 24 hours. You guys are awesome.

Here's a good tool for figuring out what was built when:
http://www.historicaerials.com/
You can do side-by-side comparisons of aerial photographs. It helps explain quirks of the infrastructure, like why Burke Rd. makes that sharp bend before meeting up with Rolling Rd.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: February 11, 2017 04:02PM

Where is/was Bell's Pond located at? Someone must know!



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Bells Pond ()
Date: February 11, 2017 07:01PM

Bells Pond is just off the old railroad crossing. If your in the section of the Shopping Center that was cut of from where the Giant was, you can see the old road going to the trail tracks, That was the railroad crossing. Bells Pond is just to the left..Whats left of it,I saw it there a few years ago.It looks overgrown with trees and woods, I vaguely remember a small pier on the pond about 6 feet long near the tracks and it was indeed a pond, there is a hill that went up to Burke View Drive.The Chief of Fairfax Co Police Durrer lived there next to Don Crump who owned gas stations in Springfield and had a "Mansion Home" at the time. Anyway the Google Maps has reference to Bells Pond, but they show it on the right of the tracks which is wrong.The pond feeds off Pohick Creek but the whole area is now somewhat developed.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.7974674,-77.2724532,789m/data=!3m1!1e3

This was back in the early 70s, 70,71,72,73,74 so.The area was a haunt for long Haired Youth in search of A Weed Like Smoking Material, That stank and Hissed as The Seeds Popped in Their Pipes..Made in School Shop classes.Natch.!..

They partied in the area, they rode the rails to Clifton and Lake Accotink, They got Munchies from the Handy Dandy then it became a 7-11 store that was a old place as described in a post above as Carsons Trading Post..before my time..

They also walked down the tracks toward Clifton about 3/4 mile to a Dilapidated Farm House to party that was abandoned called the Pagans House as the MC gang had used it as a club house and party place..One of the Smoked Up Youth became Infamously Known as "The Bunnyman"..R.I.P.....

"The FXU Historian Of The Party Grounds That Lured Long Haired Youth from Afar Long Ago"..DAJAX .... Man..You Wernt There Man..You Wernt There..!! LOL

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: And NO.. ()
Date: February 11, 2017 09:30PM

I Was Not a Member Of The Party Ground Crowd..Just had been down there riding with others Older then me..Who Filled Me in..I also did not use the "Smoking Material" ..I Scorned It!! "What A RedNeck" !...LOL.. A Cold Beer Was a Treat for me..

The Burke "Back To The Country" area was a popular place with Young Uns..Same as Great Falls..Timber Lake..Burke Lake..Clifton..Lake Accotink..Tysons Pits..Occoquan..Dulles Airport..D.C..and more places in NOVA Back then..Way before Computers Took up our Time and Minds.. And the Stupid Lil Things..today's Young Uns Cant Go Without.. pushing at em with their fingers..ALL DAY!!

DAJAX

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Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: February 11, 2017 09:34PM

They're building an old-folks home behind the Silas Burke house.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: February 11, 2017 09:38PM

Across the street from the Burke Lake Road/Coffer Woods intersex, those two homes that were built in the 1950's will be torn down to make way for 12 townhomes.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: What I Wanna Know Is.. ()
Date: February 11, 2017 10:47PM

They used to Say you could see the tip or top..of the Wash Monument from the "Top" of the Silas Burke House on a clear day..From Windows ?? Roof..?? Anyone ever been there to see..Or know..??

They never would have let us in..way back.. Scared we may have "Reefers.. Wound Round in our Mustaches.. Hidden in the Long Hairs...of the Rats Nests..LOL..

DAJAX.. But That's What they Have Said..Bout The Wash Monument..LOL

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: February 12, 2017 01:24AM

Bells Pond Wrote:
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> Bells Pond is just off the old railroad crossing.
> If your in the section of the Shopping Center that
> was cut of from where the Giant was, you can see
> the old road going to the trail tracks, That was
> the railroad crossing. Bells Pond is just to the
> left..Whats left of it,I saw it there a few years
> ago.It looks overgrown with trees and woods, I
> vaguely remember a small pier on the pond about 6
> feet long near the tracks and it was indeed a
> pond, there is a hill that went up to Burke View
> Drive.The Chief of Fairfax Co Police Durrer lived
> there next to Don Crump who owned gas stations in
> Springfield and had a "Mansion Home" at the time.
> Anyway the Google Maps has reference to Bells
> Pond, but they show it on the right of the tracks
> which is wrong.The pond feeds off Pohick Creek but
> the whole area is now somewhat developed.
>
> https://www.google.com/maps/@38.7974674,-77.272453
> 2,789m/data=!3m1!1e3
>
> This was back in the early 70s, 70,71,72,73,74
> so.The area was a haunt for long Haired Youth in
> search of A Weed Like Smoking Material, That stank
> and Hissed as The Seeds Popped in Their
> Pipes..Made in School Shop classes.Natch.!..
>
> They partied in the area, they rode the rails to
> Clifton and Lake Accotink, They got Munchies from
> the Handy Dandy then it became a 7-11 store that
> was a old place as described in a post above as
> Carsons Trading Post..before my time..
>
> They also walked down the tracks toward Clifton
> about 3/4 mile to a Dilapidated Farm House to
> party that was abandoned called the Pagans House
> as the MC gang had used it as a club house and
> party place..One of the Smoked Up Youth became
> Infamously Known as "The Bunnyman"..R.I.P.....
>
> "The FXU Historian Of The Party Grounds That Lured
> Long Haired Youth from Afar Long Ago"..DAJAX ....
> Man..You Wernt There Man..You Wernt There..!! LOL


There was a run-down shack on that plot of land for awhile, until it caught fire in the early 2000's. Was that any way associated with Bell's Pond?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: The Shack Where Hippies Lived ()
Date: February 12, 2017 11:31AM

I'm thinking about was along Burke Lake Road near Burke View Rd.I remember that old house that was there occupied long ago then abandoned long too..and It was not all that far but that was not Bells Pond where it stood. I dont remember any shack that was at Bells Pond. It seems like it was clear to the hill behind the pond, free of trees but tall weeds and brush, but I did not tromp round there I only had a few glances at that area, and there may well have been a house in the woods. And that was 46-47 years back Natch..Trees could be 60 ft tall by now..all over the area..

There are many folk that are still round the area who know Bells Pond better then me and that area..All..Old Geezers today..Natch..LOL!!

BTW The Road into the Lake Braddock subdivision off Burke Road..Lake Braddock drive was just being bulldozed in there back then 70-71-72 and ended about Wallingsford..No houses ,in 70.. they were getting ready to build. I was not from that area, and Burke was a popular place for young folk to go for a ride.."Getting Back To the Country"..LOL.. Lake Braddock School was built about 1974 and opened in 1975 I think. And I really never knew how big that Lake Braddock even was..never walked round there. Just a bypasser..short cutting thru..

DAJAX Go take a look at where I said Bells Pond was and see what's there. The storm management projects probably have changed the way it was .

They had To be Hippies living in a Shack..Or Lovers of Crisp Fried Fish...!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: February 14, 2017 11:05AM

I did notice via historicaerials.com that there was a pond behind Burke Towne Court. Was that the location?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: I have a question ()
Date: February 14, 2017 11:25AM

What was Obama before he was a pussy?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Watch Out For Quicksand ()
Date: February 14, 2017 12:02PM

>there was a pond behind Burke Towne Court. Was that the location?

Yes that was probably it toward the old road.I don't remember how far off the road it was. As said there were not as many trees way back .And the nearest houses were up on Burke View. They probably did a lot of storm drainage work due to all the "newer" homes..

Go take a look If you find Quicksand that's probably It..LOL.

DAJAX..And Don't wear a Cowboy hat.. bad luck round Quicksand ..Just like in the Cowboy Movies..the only thing left is the hat..LOL!!

Quicksand..Sing Along If You Sink..Ya Baby.! Caro Emerald https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K25fKhARnuY
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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: February 15, 2017 11:48AM

Watch Out For Quicksand Wrote:
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> >there was a pond behind Burke Towne Court. Was
> that the location?
>
> Yes that was probably it toward the old road.I
> don't remember how far off the road it was. As
> said there were not as many trees way back .And
> the nearest houses were up on Burke View. They
> probably did a lot of storm drainage work due to
> all the "newer" homes..
>
> Go take a look If you find Quicksand that's
> probably It..LOL.
>
> DAJAX..And Don't wear a Cowboy hat.. bad luck
> round Quicksand ..Just like in the Cowboy
> Movies..the only thing left is the hat..LOL!!
>
> Quicksand..Sing Along If You Sink..Ya Baby.!
> Caro Emerald
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K25fKhARnuY


The first image is from 1964. Yellow is Burke Road, red is the railroad tracks, and those blue dots are the pond.

The second image is from 1979. The yellows are Burke Road top right and Coffer Woods Road bottom left, red is the railroad tracks, and those blue dots are the pond.
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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: You Got It Pal ()
Date: February 15, 2017 08:26PM

Yes that's where it was. I see what I called a Pier on the one end toward Burke Rd..and Now its coming back , that there was a float out in the pond to swim out to..I thought it was closer to the road..but that looks 300-400 feet not all that far..and as I said it was more open land back then when I saw it first in 1970, 6 years after that 1964 pic.

DAJAX Now What bout that Quicksand..As I said..Don't wear any hats tromping out there! LOL

Caro Emerald is Dutch I thought she was Spanish.. she and her band sound great. As many say about them..Good Club Dancing Music..
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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: February 16, 2017 12:48PM

You Got It Pal Wrote:
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> Yes that's where it was. I see what I called a
> Pier on the one end toward Burke Rd..and Now its
> coming back , that there was a float out in the
> pond to swim out to..I thought it was closer to
> the road..but that looks 300-400 feet not all that
> far..and as I said it was more open land back then
> when I saw it first in 1970, 6 years after that
> 1964 pic.
>
> DAJAX Now What bout that Quicksand..As I
> said..Don't wear any hats tromping out there!
> LOL
>
> Caro Emerald is Dutch I thought she was Spanish..
> she and her band sound great. As many say about
> them..Good Club Dancing Music..


So that would explain this structure right next to Burke Village II? Must have been part of that road that went by Bell's Pond:

http://imgur.com/4nvwwOG

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Joke Insurance ()
Date: March 13, 2017 11:09AM

And does anyone know when that pond at the corner of Burke Road and Lake Braddock Drive was put in? It's at this location: https://goo.gl/maps/A51d4B7LFdD2

Also there was a building next to where the pond is now, shown in the pink circle. The image is circa 1949:



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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Curious George St Pierre ()
Date: September 29, 2017 05:19PM

What was in the location of the Chipotle before it was Boston Chicken/Market?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Uncle Sampson ()
Date: September 29, 2017 10:04PM

Curious George St Pierre Wrote:
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> What was in the location of the Chipotle before it
> was Boston Chicken/Market?

Was it some bucket of spaghetti place? And then the spaghettis shop moved to where the 7-11 is in the Walmart shopping center?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Brock Lesnar ()
Date: April 28, 2019 03:14AM

Fegelein Wrote:
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> Anyone know what used to be at the southwest
> intersection of Burke Road and Burke Lake Road
> adjacent to the Southern Railroad tracks where
> they're now building houses? I remember before the
> construction happened, there was a old shed with
> some type of machine in it. But I do know on the
> opposite side, there used to be a mulch pile.

I remember the shed that was there caught fire back in the early 2000's.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Loud manager! ()
Date: April 29, 2019 12:14PM

Chris Wrote:
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> McDonalds was a Roy Rogers. The unofficial LB
> hang-out

Back in the 90’s, there was a Lebanese manager that was hard of hearing....he donned the drive thru headset and would take orders as he paced the Roy’s.....
He would belt out “ welcome! To Roy’s! Can I take your order!!!!” I would get startled.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Trivia Burke ()
Date: April 30, 2019 05:44PM

Loud manager! Wrote:https://youtu.be/U2Mu5ixKJxI
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> Chris Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > McDonalds was a Roy Rogers. The unofficial LB
> > hang-out
>
> Back in the 90’s, there was a Lebanese manager
> that was hard of hearing....he donned the drive
> thru headset and would take orders as he paced the
> Roy’s.....
> He would belt out “ welcome! To Roy’s! Can I
> take your order!!!!” I would get startled.
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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: b3n1g ()
Date: May 03, 2019 12:50AM

There was an “F&M” drug store located here, I vaguely remember

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Theimnan ()
Date: August 10, 2019 07:23PM

Boston Market Rolling Valley is now no more.

What will I do this Thanksgiving for my family meal?

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Erol Onaran ()
Date: August 11, 2019 08:51AM

644 west Wrote:
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> The craft store was Ben Franklin. There also was
> an Erol's in Springfield Plaza.

This guy Erol was our area’s Elon Musk!
Too bad his grandkids were huge douchebags living in Daventry
Rip!

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: mgnut ()
Date: August 11, 2019 01:26PM

Never seen this thread till now.

The La Tolteca/Golds Gym shopping center. When it was a Fantles, I worked there and was held up by a gunman one night. Just me and the manager and we were tied up together. After the gunman left, I ended up holding the phone cord with my teeth while the lady manager called the police or I thought so, with her nose. She called her boyfriend instead. :/ My parents at the time were wondering why I didn't come home after work and my mom sent my dad to check on me. He saw my car and looked into Fantles. At that time we had mostly broken free of our restraints. Probably near the cash registers looking for scissors. He ran up to the 7/11 where probably Georges Steak n Things is now and called the police. Few minutes later we were free of our restraints and ran outside. The boyfriend showed up in his truck with a shotgun and a few seconds later two police cars came roaring up. lol.

Went to school at Hunt Valley like another posted on here and eventually WSHS 85. Thanks for the memories.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: Did ya know...? ()
Date: August 12, 2019 04:29PM

Did ya hear abput class of 86 LBSS reunion back in 2011? The alumni that cheated on her husband that evening, but claims to be a great l8fe coach? The sadness continues,More info available, just ask.

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Re: Burke Trivia
Posted by: LB86 ()
Date: August 13, 2019 03:31PM

I was LBSS class of 86. Didn't make the reunion in 2011 but did make the last one. Never heard that story and not sure who the life coach might be...More info needed

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