Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Before pictures. Looking north on parkway
Title Note Parkway during construction
Date 1940s
Description A picture of the Parkway and its right-of-way. Photographer and date unknown. Section 2F, Station 345, Milepost 283.
Commentary This picture was taken of the Blue Ridge Parkway during its construction; the Parkway is still a dirt road. The photograph was likely taken in 1940 or 1941, in the early stages of construction. The picture gives one a sense for the rolling and winding nature of the Parkway. It is interesting to note that the right-of-way has not been landscaped yet. Although the Parkway's natural landscape was beautiful in its own right, most of the Parkway was landscaped by Parkway planners during the Parkway's construction. One also gets a sense for how wide the right-of-way is along the Parkway. The 800 foot right-of-way was the largest for any road to that point.
Location Location Name: Undetermined
Parkway Milepost: None
Creator Individual Unknown
Tags Blue Ridge Parkway--Right-of-way
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway