U.S. Geological Survey Maps of the Area


 
 

HiddenBrooke is near today’s intersection of Rolling Road and the two parkways in Springfield, Virginia. This new intersection has been built on top of an old Fairfax County crossroads. Not too long ago, Rolling and Hooes Road crossed here and the very small community of Barkers Crossroads showed up on maps after 1900. It is still a place name in the county and Google maps will find it for you.

This page shows portions of four maps from 1900, 1956, 1964, and 1994 published by the United States Geological Survey. Barkers Crossroads is in the lower left corner of each of the maps. Because these maps were created by the United States Government, they are in the public domain and you are free to copy them if you wish.

↓1900 map.↓ Click here to download the entire map. ”Barker’s

1945 map not shown. Click here to download the entire 1945 map.

↓1956 map.↓ Click here to download the entire map. ”Barker’s

↓1964 map.↓ Click here to download the entire map. ”Barker’s

↓1994 map.↓ Click here to download the entire map. ”Barker’s

Maps reveal different mysteries to different people. A technically-minded person might note the ruler-straight dashed line labeled “Telephone” on the 1956 and the 1964 maps that cut at an angle through the Barker’s Crossroads area. A remnant of this line is the trail behind the “Winter Forest” sign on Hunter Village Drive across from the Rolling Road intersection. The poles, marked “C&P Telephone,” and a guy wire between the poles still run along the two-block trail but the telephone line, a 250-pair black cable, is no longer there. It was removed after the turn of the century. You can see this line in the USGS maps running all the way from Falls Church to the outskirts of Richmond, where it finally joins U.S. Route 1. This unique telephone line avoided roads and towns all the way to Richmond, except that subdivisions grew up around and through it. In many sections satellite photos show remains of a jeep road alongside it. I wonder what it was for? Long distance circuits between Washington and Richmond? Why didn’t they march down Route 1 where they would be easier to maintain? And if it was such a good idea then, why don’t they carry fiber-optic lines today?

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