In a metropolitan area full of history and historical markers, two plaques in Arlington, Virginia—just across the river from Washington, DC—are easy to miss. They sit a block apart in the Rosslyn neighborhood, consisting of office buildings, high-rise apartments, and fast-food restaurants. I passed them many times as a bicycle commuter before I stopped to read what they said.

The first plaque commemorates the spot where “Deep Throat” met Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporter who was investigating the Watergate break-in.

Deep Throat plaque

Corner of Wilson Blvd. and N. Nash St.

The second plaque pays homage to the relatively unknown group of engineers who worked on ARPANET, laying the foundation of what became that world-altering feature of modern life, the internet.

ARPANTE plaque

Corner of Wilson Blvd. and N. Oak St.

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