Arlington County Marks Watergate Investigation Site in Rosslyn
August 23, 2011
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Arlington County’s newest historical marker sits outside the parking garage where, between October, 1972 and November, 1973, Mark Felt, second in command at the FBI, met secretly with Washington Post Reporter Bob Woodward. Felt was a key source for Woodward and his reporting partner, Carl Bernstein, in breaking the Watergate scandal that eventually cost Richard Nixon the presidency.
The marker, approved by the County Board-appointed Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board
in 2008 and installed in August, 2011, was placed in the public right-of-way along Nash Street above the Parking Garage B entry/exit opening.
Arlington County is committed to both preserving and highlighting its colorful history. The County has installed more than 80 historical markers, commemorating events dating back to the Civil War, that help to educate and inform residents and visitors of the County's ongoing involvement in events that shape our nation, and honor people, events and buildings of historical importance to our County. The County has noted points of interest connected with the Civil War, transportation, archaeology, historic houses, cemeteries and more. For a complete list of Arlington’s historical markers, visit the County website.
"It is important to show folks that history is not always the biggest, or the best -- it is something that happens every day, sometimes in the most mundane locations," said Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Michael Leventhal. The County paid for the Watergate Investigation sign and installed it. Owners of the garage have marked the parking space inside where Woodward and Felt met.
The Watergate Investigation plaque reads:
Mark Felt, second in command at the FBI, met Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward here in this
parking garage to discuss the Watergate scandal. Felt provided Woodward information that exposed
the Nixon Administration’s obstruction of the FBI's Watergate investigation. He chose this garage as an anonymous secure location. They met at this garage six times between October 1972 and November 1973. The Watergate scandal resulted in President Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Woodward’s managing editor, Howard Simons, gave Felt the code name “Deep Throat.” Woodward’s promise not to reveal his source was kept until Felt announced his role as Deep Throat in 2005. -- Erected by Arlington County, 2008
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.