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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Now that's a real person to name a trail after, not Wayne f'in' Anderson.
    Dislike. Wayne F Anderson has a bikeway because Wayne F Anderson worked to have a bikeway built. Ain't no bike trail to the North Pole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Now that's a real person to name a trail after, not Wayne f'in' Anderson.

    Please don't diss great Alexandrians. Next thing, you will be attacking the memory of Frank Mann. Or Lawrence Hooff. Or Baron Cameron (who wasn't an Alexandrian? was he? but still)

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    Default Wayne Frederick Anderson - A Forgotten Name

    Based on recent posts, I felt like I needed to share information on the tidbit that inspired my Tuesday Tidbit series (many thanks to ginacio whose curiosity was the origin of said inspiration!), the Wayne F Anderson Trail.

    At the NE corner of Army-Navy Dr and South Joyce Streets, one can find a Bike Route sign with an interesting name on it, the Anderson Trail.
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    In fact, the trail running from the corner of South Glebe Rd and West Glebe Rd to Mount Vernon Avenue across Four Mile Run and along the Alexandria side of the stream to US-1 is named the Wayne F Anderson Bikeway. Other signs such as those at the north end of Commonwealth Avenue state this, too. But who is this Wayne F. Anderson?
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    Born in 1925, Wayne Frederick Anderson was a native of Moline, Illinois and served in the Army during World War II. In the 1960's, he spent 8 years as city manager of Evanston, Illinois, before moving to Alexandria, Virginia, to become its city manager. Here is an article written about him in the Chicago Tribune about this move:
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    This is taken from an article in the Washington Post written about him when he died in 2003: "As Alexandria city manager (1970-1974), Mr. Anderson worked to balance land development pressures with quality-of-life concerns. He also worked to improve relations with the city's black population, reorganized government departments and helped develop plans to revive neglected schools, neighborhoods and business districts."

    He also taught public administration at George Mason University from 1984-1993. He was honored in 1989 with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's George Washington Leadership award, an annual award given to outstanding community activists for their efforts to improve Alexandria.

    Though his name has been mostly forgotten over time, perhaps by knowing his efforts we can remember his legacy better by promoting use of the Wayne F. Anderson Bikeway name as it passes through Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria, at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    Though his name has been mostly forgotten over time, perhaps by knowing his efforts we can remember his legacy better by promoting use of the Wayne F. Anderson Bikeway name as it passes through Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria, at least.
    Or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post

    Born in 1925, Wayne Frederick Anderson was a native of Moline, Illinois...
    This part alone deserves our admiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Now that's a real person to name a trail after, not Wayne f'in' Anderson.
    I wish I were in a place that required such a parka...right about now

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    Based on recent posts, I felt like I needed to share information on the tidbit that inspired my Tuesday Tidbit series (many thanks to ginacio whose curiosity was the origin of said inspiration!), the Wayne F Anderson Trail.

    At the NE corner of Army-Navy Dr and South Joyce Streets, one can find a Bike Route sign with an interesting name on it, the Anderson Trail.
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    In fact, the trail running from the corner of South Glebe Rd and West Glebe Rd to Mount Vernon Avenue across Four Mile Run and along the Alexandria side of the stream to US-1 is named the Wayne F Anderson Bikeway. Other signs such as those at the north end of Commonwealth Avenue state this, too. But who is this Wayne F. Anderson?
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    Born in 1925, Wayne Frederick Anderson was a native of Moline, Illinois and served in the Army during World War II. In the 1960's, he spent 8 years as city manager of Evanston, Illinois, before moving to Alexandria, Virginia, to become its city manager. Here is an article written about him in the Chicago Tribune about this move:
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    This is taken from an article in the Washington Post written about him when he died in 2003: "As Alexandria city manager (1970-1974), Mr. Anderson worked to balance land development pressures with quality-of-life concerns. He also worked to improve relations with the city's black population, reorganized government departments and helped develop plans to revive neglected schools, neighborhoods and business districts."

    He also taught public administration at George Mason University from 1984-1993. He was honored in 1989 with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's George Washington Leadership award, an annual award given to outstanding community activists for their efforts to improve Alexandria.

    Though his name has been mostly forgotten over time, perhaps by knowing his efforts we can remember his legacy better by promoting use of the Wayne F. Anderson Bikeway name as it passes through Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria, at least.
    I seem to remember that during his tenure as Evanston City Manager, Evanston eliminated their public bus system. They used to run a special route through my neighborhood in the morning that went to the high school (ETHS) since there was no separate school bus service. Eventually Evanston was incorporated into the CTA bus system.

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    Default Oxon Hill - Yoke's on You!

    This is a shorter one since it focuses on a minor aspect, but I found it interesting nonetheless.

    Across the Potomac River from Alexandria sits a hill known as Oxon Hill that can be accessed via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail next to National Harbor, but something isn't quite right with the name. You see, the plural of the word "ox" is "oxen," not "oxon," so what's up?
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    Turns out, Oxon has nothing to do with the animal (ox/oxen), and it comes from a plantation that Thomas Addison owned long ago.
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    Thomas Addison built a 2 story house in 1710 on the foundation of his father's house. It was originally called Addison Plantation before later being called Oxon Hill Manor. A sidenote that is also interesting: there are many current Maryland resident descendants of slaves that were kept at Addison Plantation who still have the last name Addison.

    The word "Oxon" is an abbreviation of the word Oxoniesis which is Latin for "of Oxford." Members of the Addison family attended Oxford University in England.

    One last thing, there are actually 2 Oxon Hill Manors! The original one owned by the Addisons was destroyed in a fire in 1895 and was located near where current day Monument Ave crosses over an on-ramp to the Beltway on the north side of the MGM casino. Sadly, the developers did not care to preserve any part of the original house, and only a part of the cemetery remains. The current Oxon Hill Manor was built in 1928 and has nothing to do with the Addison family.

    It's certainly something interesting to think about the next time you find yourself climbing Oxon Hill!

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