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Corduroy Road Uncovered in Virginia

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Virginia corduroy road FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA—Workers building a new road shoulder and sidewalk along Ox Road found a section of a log road that may have been installed in 1862 to replace the high-traffic dirt road that connected the county courthouse to Fairfax Station. “They’re in amazing shape considering how old they are,” Christopher Sperling, senior archaeologist with the Fairfax County Park Authority, told The Washington Post. He and his team surveyed the road surface with 3-D technology, and then numbered the logs so that the road could be reassembled once a water pipe had been installed below it and the trench was filled. When combined with topographical information and other resources, Sperling and his team could create a virtual depiction of the area at the time of the Civil War. To read about a Civil War–era prison, go to "Life on the Inside."

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