The Virginia Department of Transportation found footage of US 29 (Lee Highway) from Key Bridge to Cherrydale filmed in 1949. VDOT recreated the same drive and combined that and the 1949 footage into one video and posted it on youtube:
The 1949 footage isn’t perfect, but still gives an idea of post-WWII Arlington County. Streetcars are visible and along with the billboards that faced Georgetown at the Virginia end of Key Bridge. It’s also noteworthy that there are two US 29 signs visible, but not US 211 which was officially multiplexed with US 29 until 1980 according to the Virginia Highways Project when it was officially truncated at Warrenton. I had previously heard 1984, but I suspect that the completion of Interstate 66 outside the Beltway hastened the demise of US 211 since it was no longer than only continuous route number from the Shenandoah Valley to Washington, D.C. This video suggests that the predecessor agency of VDOT and/or Arlington County was disinterested in the US 211 designation near Washington in that designation long before it was technically removed.
In the last frame, beyond the intersection of Kirkwood Road, is a trestle for the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad. That right-of-way would later be used for Interstate 66, completed in 1982 and the Custis Trail, BeltwayLand’s most challenging bicycle path. Starting that year, the intersection with Kirkwood Road was also the northern terminus of the George Washington Memorial Parkway according to Steve Anderson’s dcroads.net. Since 1959, that part of the GW Parkway has been a spur called Spout Run Parkway.
Highway markers from Shields Up!
ARLINGTON, Va. — It took four months (I don’t take many lunches) but I finally made it to the newest Ben’s Chili Bowl location at 1725 Wilson Blvd. It’s between the Courthouse and Rosslyn Metro stations. I’d say it’s a 10 minute walk from Courthouse.
I had another customer in front of me, but the wait to order or recieve my order was probably just a little over five minutes. I got my usual, a half-smoke with mustard, onions and chili, plus fries and a Pepsi. It tasted like more or perhaps MOOOAARRRR!
The interior is pleasant and reminiscent of the original location, without being kitschy. One of the walls is a big celebration and timeline of Ben’s. Overall, it’s a pleasant design. They have a big screen on the opposite wall; it was playing a “Nats Classic” when I arrived, probably Stephen Strasburg’s second start (though it was the 9th inning, Tyler Clippard relieved Miguel Batista). Since it was nice day and the patio tables were still in shade, I enjoyed dining al fresco.
Today, Ben’s continues to expand with another Arlington location:
The new location is in the public area of the airport, lower level B/C – no TSA lines necessary. It’s an appropriate addition to one of the gateways to the city. Later this year, the long-planned H Street NE location will open along with Ben’s Next Door.
ARLINGTON, Va. — The second permanent Ben’s Chili Bowl location opens on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Va. about six months after the initial announcement was made. Bill Cosby will be a part of the festivities according to ARLnow.com.
Located at 1725 Wilson Boulevard it’s closer to the Rosslyn Metro, but Court House doesn’t have such a steep walk (or escalators). This location is the first of three new locations that will open soon and hey, that’s walking distance from where I work! The others are going to be at 1001 H Street and National Airport. There are also Ben’s stands at Nationals Park and FedEx Field.
Ben’s has been around since 1958 with the Nationals Park location opening with the stadium in 2008. FedEx Field’s Ben’s opened in 2011. We’re still waiting on Verizon Center, though that’s only a couple of stops down the Green Line from U Street.
‘Soberman’ Tries to Save Clarendon Bar-Goers from DUI – ARLnow.com
Suddenly, revelers were met with a most unusual sight — a superhero in a cape and leotard emerging from the Chooser Cruiser. Arlington, meet Soberman.
While his getup produced many laughs, Soberman’s message was serious: don’t drink and drive. Speaking through a police car loudspeaker, Soberman told everyone to have fun and enjoy their adult beverages, but to make a smart choice when trying to get home by using a designated driver, taxi, public transportation or by walking.
For a straight up thug town called Arlington, I can’t decide if Soberman is the hero it deserves, not needs…
Ben’s Chili Bowl to land at Reagan National – The Post
Ben’s Chili Bowl continues to expand with a location at Washington National Airport scheduled to open in 2014.
The addition of Ben’s is part of an aggressive push by airport officials to revamp concession offerings at both Reagan National and Washington Dulles International airports. Along with passenger and airline fees, concessions are a major source of income for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees operations at both airports.
Earlier this month, Ben’s announced it was opening a Rosslyn location in 2014 as well. H Street NE is expected to get a location too, along with Nationals Park and FedEx Field.
Now, there may be some criticism of the expansion — I saw some in Facebook comments, but why should the Ali family limit themselves? Their contributions to the District and U Street in particular are wonderful and no less so if they have additional locations. I’m also on board with more places to get a half-smoke.
According to WTOP, National Airport will be getting several other eateries – American Tap Room, Legal Sea Foods and Pinkberry.
Ben’s Chili Bowl expanding to Virginia – Washington Business Journal
Iconic Washington D.C. half-smoke purveyors Ben’s Chili Bowl is paying to open a location in Rossyln, Arlington County:
Ben’s co-owner Nizam Ben Ali confirms that the restaurant’s ownership has signed a lease for 1725 Wilson Blvd., which is in the shopping center that used to house Ray’s and is still home to Pho 75, Guajillo and Bean Good coffee, among others.
Opening is expected in 2014. There is a location on H Street NE also in the works, but the Rosslyn location is expected to open sooner.
Ben’s Chili Bowl also has stands at Nationals Park and FedEx Field, but not Verzion Center, though that’s only two Green Line stops from original U Street location.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Among the things the Rosslyn neighborhood was known for circa 2001 was having the densest collection of tall buildings in the Washington D.C. area and being a “roll up the sidewalks at 5:30″ kind of place. The neighborhood is still known for its tall buildings (even more are under construction) but the reputation as a dead part of town seems obsolete.
Yesterday evening, I parked on Lynn Street, so I could bike across Key Bridge in to the District, and was delighted to see that the sidewalks of Rosslyn were full of people — the neighborhood felt alive. Back when I worked there, nothing happened after work. I’m really glad that it is becoming more vibrant, because it is a too good a location to be dormant.
JOHN KELLY: Why are Arlington’s fire hydrants the colors they are? – The Post
Minutia lovers will probably enjoy this Answer Man column about the color scheme of Arlington County fire hydrants.
Having read Answer Man, you are able to ascertain your whereabouts. You know that in Fairfax County, fire hydrants have a silver barrel and a red top, or bonnet. In Alexandria, they have a yellow barrel and white bonnet and outlet caps. The District has green fire hydrants. In Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, they are gray with green bonnets.
You focus your eyes and examine the hydrant. It is yellow with a pale blue top. “Aha!” you say, “I am in Arlington County.”
You would also be in Arlington County if the hydrant had a green top, orange top or red top.
A good look at something that I may not have ever occurred to me. The colors are based on how many gallons a minute will flow out of the hydrant — between 1,000 and 1,500 gpm for the one above.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Around 9:30 a.m., I followed up my earlier Alexandria reading with one from the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington. I’m calling that 1 inch.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The strange, heavy-at-time, rain storms on Friday resulted in rainbows throughout Northern Virginia. I saw one to the north from my office building window in Tysons, but the ones I saw driving to Ballston along Route 267 (Dulles Toll Road) and Interstate 66 were quite impressive:
Traffic was moving very slowly if at all – I kept one hand on the wheel and didn’t look at the screen while taking the photos. In case you were wondering.