Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia

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Bailey's Crossroads is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. The population was 23,166 at the 2000 census. Bailey's Crossroads lies at the "crossroads" of State Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) and State Route 244 (Columbia Pike).

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Geography

Bailey's Crossroads is located at 38°50′58″N 77°7′45″W / 38.84944°N 77.12917°W / 38.84944; -77.12917 (38.849474, -77.129093).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²), all of it land. The area occupies a broad, flat plain, bounded on the west by Munson's Hill. This unbroken expanse of level ground caused the Union Army to select it as the site of a massive review of troops during the Civil War. The review, which took place on November 20, 1861 involved thousands of troops marching in formation and parading before President Abraham Lincoln.[4]

Bailey's Crossroads is formed by the junction of State Route 7 connecting Alexandria, Virginia with the Shenandoah Valley and State Route 244 (Columbia Pike) connecting the Pentagon and Washington, D.C., with Annandale, Virginia. The most noticeable landmark at Bailey's Crossroads is Skyline Center, a towering group of 26-story apartment buildings and offices built in the 1970s. A branch of Northern Virginia Community College, and offices of the U.S. Department of Defense are nearby. The neighborhood has a large Hispanic population. The largest single store of the entire Giant Food supermarket chain is also there. While the closest Metrorail station is a few miles away, Metrobus service on the Columbia Pike corridor has recently been improved.

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