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"Alexandria, a city, port of entry, and capital of Alexandria co., Va., on the right bank of the Potomac River, 7 miles below Washington. The river, here 1 mile wide, forms a commodious harbor sufficiently deep for the largest ships. The city is pleasantly situated on undulating ground, with a fine view of the Capitol at Washington. It is a terminus of the Washington & Ohio and of the Virginia Mid land Railroads, under the Richmond & Danville system, and of the Alexandria Branch of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. It contains a court-house, 16 churches, 3 banks, 2 Catholic academies, 2 newspaper offices, and a public library. It has manufactures of cotton, flour, and furniture, several machine-shops, &c., and is lighted with gas and electricity. Pop. in 1860, 12,652; in 1870, 13,570; in 1880, 13,659; in 1890, 14,339."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia

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Christ Church, Alexandria, Va. where Washington Worshipped

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  • 1749 - Alexandria, Virginia founded
  • 1792 - Bank of Alexandria Established
    In 1792, Bank of Alexandria was established with capital of $500,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
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  • News  1854 - Destructive Fire at Alexandria.
    WASHINGTON, Monday, June 5. The provision stores of Mr. Hone and Messrs. Masters & Son, on Union-street, Alexandria, were destroyed by fire this... Read MORE...

  • 1861 - May 24 - Alexandria, VA occupied by Federal troops
  • News  1885 - Freight Train Wreck
    Alexandria, VA - Feb 12 - By the breaking of a rail on the Washington, Ohio and West railroad, between Guilford and Farmwell stations, this morning,... Read MORE...

  • News  1909 - FIRE IN ALEXANDRIA. Three Blocks in Blaze With a Loss of $500,000.
    By United Press.
    Washington, D. C. May 13 - A big fire is raging in Alexandria, Va., just across the river from Washington. It started in the lumber ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Alexandria, a city and port of entry of Virginia (formerly in Alexandria co., now independent), on the right bank of the Potomac River, 6 miles below ... Read MORE...

    Captain and Son Rescued From Rigging of Boat; Taken to Hospital.

    WASHINGTON. April 14. - One woman, her daughter and three... Read MORE...

  • 1927 - November 17 - A tornado cut a seventeen mile path across Alexandria and southeastern Washington, DC, injuring 31 persons.
    The Weather Channel

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