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Interactive map offers glimpse at Arlington streets a century ago

Posted on Nov 08,2019
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An aerial view of Clarendon, Virginia, captured between 1921 and 1924. (Courtesy Library of Congress)
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By Alejandro Alvarez

ARLINGTON, VA. - A new mapping project offers a window into Arlington County’s past, with images of schools, homes and businesses taken around 1920 — when Woodrow Wilson was in the White House and only around 20,000 people called the now-bustling D.C. suburb home.

The Arlington Historical Society’s digital “centennial storymap” commemorates the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Virginia county getting its present-day name, with a glimpse at what Arlingtonians of the time might have come across on an morning stroll or horse ride, according to the society’s website.

The interactive map includes 115 photos of old mansions, rowhomes, farms, churches and government buildings standing when the county earned its modern name in 1920. That’s when the Virginia legislature renamed Alexandria County to Arlington County to avoid mounting confusion with the independent City of Alexandria.

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