Henry Foxall came to Washington in 1800 with an armload of defense contracts and established a munitions plant on the banks of the Potomac. He was here at the personal request of Thomas Jefferson, who felt that the federal city needed its own cannon foundry.
At 8:38 am on January 15th, 1953, a man ran out of onto the Union Station concourse screaming “run for your lives!” 20 seconds later the building shook as a runaway 1,100 ton passenger train smashed through the north wall and collapsed the through the floor into the basement.
Ever drive past this out of place looking gas station next to the Watergate hotel? That's the old Higgins Service Station (more widely known in recent years as the Watergate Exxon), it is one of Washington's most iconic gas stations.