Beyond Purcellville

Beyond Purcellville (HMG4D)

Location: Purcellville, VA 20132 Loudoun County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 8.311', W 77° 42.968'

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The trail ends here but the story does not. The founders of the Alexandria, Loudoun, & Hampshire (later the W&OD) sought to rival the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad for the coal of West Virginia and the trade of the Ohio Valley. By 1900 the railroad finally reached Snickersville, seven miles west of here, but never continued across the Blue Ridge. Snickersville's name was promptly changed to Bluemont to capitalize on a niche the founders never envisioned: the resort trade.

The hill towns of western Loudoun County provided an escape from summer heat. In 1914 you could pay one dollar for a 2 1/2-hour train ride from Washington to Bluemont. Another dollar got you a motor coach tour that featured views of the Loudoun Valley to the west. Business thrived until the 1930s when automobiles became widely available and tastes in tourism changed. In 1939 service to Bluemont ended, the tracks were torn up, and the right-of-way sold.
HM NumberHMG4D
Series This marker is part of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad series
Placed ByThe Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park - Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 8:12pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 265246 N 4335661
Decimal Degrees39.13851667, -77.71613333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 8.311', W 77° 42.968'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 8' 18.66" N, 77° 42' 58.08" W
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Area Code(s)703, 540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 N 21st St, Purcellville VA 20132, US
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