Unfinished Railroad

Unfinished Railroad (HM13ZT)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.529', W 77° 32.943'

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During the 1850s, two local railroads - the Orange & Alexandria and the Manassas Gap - met at Manassas Junction. In order to reach commercial markets near Washington, the Manassas Gap Railroad signed an agreement with its rival to use its tracks from the junction to the port of Alexandria. The annual cost of track rental cut into profits, however, and officials sought an alternate route.

The Manassas Gap decided to lay its own track from Gainesville to Alexandria. Work on the "Independent Line" commenced in 1854 as engineers surveyed the proposed route. Local slaves and Irish immigrants provided much of the labor - felling trees, leveling the roadbed, and quarrying stone for bridge abutments. By the time grading operations neared completion in 1858, the company halted the project for lack of funds. No track was ever laid. The abandoned railbed became a ready-made defensive position for Confederate troops at Second Manassas.
HM NumberHM13ZT
Placed ByManassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 5:47am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 278716 N 4300497
Decimal Degrees38.82548333, -77.54905000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.529', W 77° 32.943'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 31.74" N, 77° 32' 56.58" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11919 General Trimbles Ln, Manassas VA 20109, US
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