John J. Kingman Road Crossing

John J. Kingman Road Crossing (HM2DB7)

Location: Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 43.123', W 77° 10.068'

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The Fort Belvoir Military Railroad (FBMRR) was constructed in 1918 when Camp A.A. Humphreys was made a semi-permanent cantonment as the U.S. entered into World War 1. The two main objectives for FBMRR were to bring supplies and troops to camp for its rapid construction and war mobilization and to train engineer troops on the building of railroads, bridges, and other facilities essential to the U.S. war effort in France.

The 4.51-mile, standard gauge railroad was built largely by combat engineers, with some assistance by civilian workers and soldiers from other branches. From January to July of 1918 they laid track from the railhead junction near Newington to the center of the camp.

As Fort Belvoir stored the entire coal supply for the Military District of Washing in Facility No. 2280, a coal yard south of Kingman Road, FBMRR transported coal to other installations in the district as recently as 1985. Though parts of FBMRR were eventually decommissioned, much of the main line remained in use until the last locomotive left the installation in 1993.
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HM NumberHM2DB7
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Placed ByFort Belvoir
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Date Added Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 311535 N 4287793
Decimal Degrees38.71871667, -77.16780000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 43.123', W 77° 10.068'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 43' 7.3799999999999" N, 77° 10' 4.08" W
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Area Code(s)703
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near VA-286, Fort Belvoir VA 22060, US
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