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Title Altapass Tunnel on C.C. & O.
Title Note Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway
Date June 1, 1935
Description Train tunnel on the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway at Altapass. Photo taken by Edward H. Abbuehl on June 1, 1935, in Section 2L, milepost 327.5-328.6.
Commentary Altapass was once a popular tourist area, due to traffic from the nearby railroad. However, Altapass became deserted when passenger trains along Clinchfield were discontinued, and the Blue Ridge Parkway bisected the apple orchard, the area's main attraction.
Location Location Name: Altapass
Parkway Milepost: 327.0
Latitude: 35.89346
Longitude: -82.01789
Creator Individual Edward H. Abbuehl
Creator Organization National Park Service—Blue Ridge Parkway
Tags Altapass (N.C.)
McDowell County (N.C.)
Spruce Pine (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway