ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In the mid-19th century, this Washington, D.C., suburb began its association with railroads, an association that would help shape the city for decades to come.

By the turn of the 20th century, the town was a merging for rail traffic headed into the nation’s capitol.

Alexandria’s Union Station opened on Sept. 15, 1905. In 2001, the city of Alexandria assumed control of the building.

Today, Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express serve Alexandria’s Union Station. The Washington Metro King Street Station is located within walking distance of Union Station.

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