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Burke Volunteer Fire Department fire truck and firemen working to put out a fire, circa 1950.

A newspaper clipping shows the path of the tornado that occurred in Fairfax County on April 1, 1973, April Fools Day.

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Community residents remember going to the Springfield train station to pick up mail. In the early days, farms surrounded the station. People often stocked up on eggs, corn, and fresh produce during the mail run.

Long-time residents recall the one-lane bridge over the railroad tracks on Rolling Road as a place avoided by school buses and where cars stopped and drivers took turns crossing.

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This steel truss automobile bridge carried Ox Road over the railroad tracks near Fairfax Station. On June 4, 1944, the bridge collapsed while an Army truck from Ft. Belvoir was crossing the span, killing Pvt. Robert V. Hamilton of Stanley, Kentucky. …

A new railroad station was built in Burke in 1903, when the railroad tracks were relocated northward several hundred feet to their present location. This building in the photo no longer exists.

This sketch shows the construction and uses of the original Burke railroad station. The Burke Post Office was housed in one end of the station.

Fairfax County farmer harvesting a wheat field, circa 1910.

Portable sawmill is shown operating in Fairfax County, circa 1920. Many acres in the county were devoted to forestry and lumbering. Companies milled wood for furniture companies, fence rails and posts, and pilings for road construction.

The image of cows grazing in a Fairfax County field was a familiar site in the mid-twentieth century in Braddock District. In 1936, dairy farming was the county's largest industry with 100 dairy farms and 440 families engaged in farming.