Fun Facts About Arlington, VA
Arlington County was originally part of the ten-mile square parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be part of Washington, DC. The U.S. Congress returned that portion of the property to the “Commonwealth of Virginia.”
Arlington is the smallest self-governing county in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 26 square miles, of which about 4.6 miles is federal property.
The NHL’s Washington Capital’s practice at Arlington’s Ballston Common Mall at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Drive up to the top level of the public parking garage to enter. The facility is open for community use year-round. It is the first indoor ice rink inside the Capital Beltway in Virginia.
Arlington is the birthplace of the internet. Defense Department Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) built the Interface Message Processor (IMP) to carry data to and from different specialized computers, mostly in the U.S. university community. DARPA created ARPANET, which was the forerunner to the internet as we know it today.
The Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest office building in the world. The Pentagon has six zip codes. Walking around the outside takes an average of 15-20 minutes. It is designed to get from anyone’s office to another in 7 minutes.
The National Cemetery, which was built on land seized by the Union during the Civil War. The property was initially owned by the family of the famous Confederate General Robert E. Lee.