Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Parkway
Date August 1958
Description Photo shows a figure standing near the completed Blue Ridge Parkway at Bamboo Gap. Taken by Donald H. Robinson in August 1958 at Milepost 285.5 in Section 2F.
Commentary The Blue Ridge Parkway ran through Bamboo. This picture shows how wide the Parkway's right-of-way was. In North Carolina the Parkway averaged a 800 foot right of way. The right-of-way requirement was by far the largest of any road in the nation to that point. Bamboo Gap is a significant place in Watauga County. In the early 1900s there was a general store here which symbolized the overall economic prosperity of the the era for Watauga County. Also, there was a baseball team in Bamboo in the late 1920s and 1930s, symbolizing the area's infatuation with baseball. The team was called First-Nine Bamboo.
Location Location Name: Bamboo Gap
Parkway Milepost: 285.1
Latitude: 36.197906
Longitude: -81.604607
Creator Individual Donald H. Robinson
Creator Organization National Park Service—Blue Ridge Parkway
Tags Bamboo Gap (N.C.)
Blue Ridge Mountains
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway