Railroading is at the heart of the city of Manassas, both today and in the past.
In the mide-1800s, two railroad lines (the Alexandria&Orange and Manassas Gap) came together at the city. This made it a critical supply line during the Civil War. Major battles, including the first major land battle, took place nearby.
Today, it is still a vibrant depot. It takes commuters from the far reaches of the suburbs into Washington, D.C. The commuters pump enough money into the city to help sustain a variety of unique shops and restaurants.
For my run, I started in Manassas, but also crossed into the Prince William County and Manassas Park. Following my general running guidelines (I can only count the place I start or finish), I only get credit for the city of Manassas.
Five runs down – 129 to go.
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