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Title After rains of August 13, 1940
Title Note negative 9320
Date August 18, 1940
Description On Route 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock after rains of August 13, 1940. Photograph shows damaged and uprooted trees and soil erosion caused by flooding. Taken by A. S. Burns on August 18, 1940.
Commentary The area around Sections 2F and 2G of the Blue Ridge Parkway was battered by the flood waters that accompanied the storm of August 13-14, 1940. Resulting landslides claimed twelve lives in Watauga County. Although this photograph is of nearby US Route 321, damage along the newly constructed Blue Ridge Parkway was undoubtedly just as severe.
Location Location Name: Blowing Rock
Parkway Milepost: 290.0
Latitude: 36.135129
Longitude: -81.6776059
Creator Individual A.S. Burns
Tags Blowing Rock (N.C.)
Boone (N.C.)
Flood of 1940
Storm damage
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway