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Title Future Parkway Underpass Site at Aho Station
Date July 27, 1940
Description Photograph shows buildings and a dirt path near an area marked "Future Parkway Underpass" near Aho Gap at mile post 288.1 in section 2F of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Taken by A. S. Burns on July 27, 1940.
Commentary This picture is taken during the early phases of construction in section 2F -- there is a dirt path. A future underpass is marked on the picture so the picture was probably used for planning purposes. It is important to notice the houses that are close to the development. The government's taking of peoples' homes was a large source of controversy and expense for the Blue Ridge Parkway project. Residents whose property fell within the right-of-way either were forced to relocate or sell their lands to the state, with the state determining what price their land was worth.
Location Location Name: Aho Station
Parkway Milepost: 288.0
Latitude: 36.161779
Longitude: -81.620817
Creator Individual A.S. Burns
Tags Blue Ridge Parkway--Planning
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway