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The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Bypass dedication around Asheville
Date September 2, 1967
Description Ceremony for the opening of the Blue Ridge Parkway section around Asheville. Taken near the French Broad Bridge on September 2, 1967. Photographer unknown. "NO NEGATIVE, POLAROID PRINT"
Commentary The struggle to bring the parkway to the Asheville area was a lengthy political battle in the 1930s. Three decades later, this section of the parkway was finished and open to the public. Bringing the parkway to the Asheville area would also bring tourists to the city, which already featured many attractions. This road not only made the city more accessible, but served as a tourist route itself because of the scenery.
Location Location Name: French Broad River
Parkway Milepost: 393.5
Latitude: 35.14289
Longitude: -82.83902
Creator Individual Unknown
Tags Asheville (N.C.)
Buncombe County (N.C.)
French Broad River (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway