Hooff's Run Bridge

Hooff's Run Bridge (HM1DHF)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22314
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 48.18', W 77° 3.493'

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The bridge is one of the last remnants of Alexandria's first railroad, the Orange & Alexandria. The "O&ARR," as it was commonly called, opened in 1851 and had 148 miles of track in 1860. The bridge was constructed by the railroad as it went from Alexandria's Potomac River wharves to the roundhouse at Duke and Wolfe streets, and then west to Manassas Junction, Orange, Gordonsville, and finally to Lynchburg, Virginia. The O&ARR made Alexandria a regional commercial center in the mid-nineteenth century. During the Civil War (1861-1865), the railroad was seized by the U.S. Military Railroads and used to transport troops and supplies west and south. Thousands of wounded Union soldiers were also brought from the battlefields to the more than 30 U.S. military hospitals operating in Alexandria.

The Hooff family has had a continuing presence in Alexandria since the eighteenth century. Family members have been involved in farming, butchering, banking, and real estate.

The bridge consists of two round arch sections: the northern, older portion, and the southern addition. The northern part dates from 1856 and replaced a wooden trestle (1851-1895) used when the Orange & Alexandria Railroad began operation. The 28-foot wide structure was constructed with a brick barrel vault, still observable under the bridge today, and faced with gray dry-laid sandstone. The Washington-Southern Railroad built a 16-foot wide addition, circa 1885-1895, to accommodate another track. By the early twentieth century, two more bridges stood to the north with additional tracks; they both were dismantled around 1948.

The Hooff's Run Bridge is the only existing stone structure associated with the Orange & Alexandria Railroad in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the oldest surviving bridge in Alexandria, and te Wilkes Street Tunnel, one of two preserved structures associated with the town's first railroad.
Series This marker is part of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad series
Placed ByThe Marriott Corporation & The Alexandria Archaeology Museum
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 4:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 321273 N 4296927
Decimal Degrees38.80300000, -77.05821667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.18', W 77° 3.493'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 10.80" N, 77° 3' 29.58" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 408 Daingerfield Rd, Alexandria VA 22314, US
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