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Book: Historic Photos of Arlington County


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Much of Arlington typified the “sleepy Southern town,” decades into the twentieth century. It was initially part of, then (merely) the closest neighbor to the District of Columbia. Often, Arlington was a place passed through on the way to somewhere else.  With better transportation at the beginning of the twentieth century, it became a destination instead. Towns sprang uo along the rail lines.  An overflow of home-seeking government workers joined the earlier settlers, ultimately developing the suburban community of today.  The federal government joined in, placed facilities in the county, and developed the Custis-Lee estate into the national Arlington Cemetery.

This book brings together many different images and perspectives on Arlington, from the non-recognizable rural nineteenth century to quite recognizable images from the 1970s.  It captures the manifold aspects of the county in striking, black-and-white photographs.  Images of local businesses, county-wide parades, and shaded streets, mingle with those of presidential speeches ringing out from the steps of the Tombs of the Unknown Soldier.

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Co., 2007

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1 review for Book: Historic Photos of Arlington County

  1. Chrissy Ward

    I purchased this book when I moved to Arlington, VA. It has been an ongoing source of discovery for me! Disparate and diverse neighborhoods – then and now – plus photos and information not readily found elsewhere. Existing residents were awed at how much I knew for being here such a short time; this book is why. Lee Templeman also has the home guide to the Lees of Virginia of which she is a descendant. The guide is a great way to learn and explore all regions of Virginia.

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