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    I do not understand some things in northern Virginia

    I do not understand some things in northern Virginia.


    1. In Sterling Virgina there is an area called "Dulles Crossing". George Washington crossed the Delaware river, which river did John Foster Dulles cross? Did he cross some people? Did he cross himself? No one there knows.
    2. There are several Ox roads: Old Ox road, Ox road, and West Ox road and none of them go anywhere near each other. I have not seen any oxen and no one else has either. There are not a New Ox road, North Ox road, South Ox road nor an East Ox road.


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    the secretary of state ?
    many things are named after him, schools, airports &c ...

    regarding the ox, maybe at one time there were ox there,
    developers love to name things after things they destroyed and no longer exist ...
    near me there is a colony of mCmansions in an area called "the woods" ..
    no woods there anymore after they clear cut trees to grow a crop of homes ..
    ( crop rotation?)
    my poor guess is either there were ox there, or it is someone's last name ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    the secretary of state ?
    many things are named after him, schools, airports &c ...
    Yes the President Eisenhower's Secretary i=of State, but what or whom did he cross?
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    Considering that area was once very rural, I'd guess there were oxen, at one time.
    As for Dulles Crossing, it may be that there was once a dirt, rural intersection there.
    Both explanations just guesses, though...

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    Oxford = a shallow/narrow spot in a river where oxen can cross (ford)
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    What makes you sure it is John Foster Dulles? Could it be someone else called Dulles who lived nearby. The key might be when the crossing was named. If it has had its present name for say 80 or more years then it might well be someone else called Dulles

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    There is also an oxbow. Is this a ribbon to tie around some part of an ox?

    And of course there is Dulles airport, but Dulles was not a pilot.

    PE

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    Quote Originally Posted by frank View Post
    Oxford = a shallow/narrow spot in a river where oxen can cross (ford)
    For towns and cities with historical roots, a reasonable explanation. Doesn't hold true for may places in America (or Australia) where settlers named their new homesteads after their towns of origin.

    e.g. The town of Great Yarmouth, England - The mouth of the river Yare.
    Yarmouth, Iowa - Not even large enough to warrant being called a one horse town, and certainly no where near any rivers.

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    I live in Oxbridge. Used to be Oxford, but then they built a bridge.
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    Oh, how soon we forget. A very young Carol Burnett had a smash hit with a song called "I Fell in Love With John Foster Dulles." Dulles, secretary of state, was an older fellow and looked like a statesman should, but he was no Tyrone Power or Robert Redford in the "handsome" department. He didn't leave his wife for Carol so you could say he crossed her.
    PS -- I once belonged to the Blue Lake Yacht Club in the town of Blue Lake near Eureka, CA. There has not been a lake in Blue Lake for 100 years.
    I, personally, have always been confused by the circles of confusion in photographic theory. Can you help me?

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