Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway

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Title Blowing Rock Town power dam broken by rains of Aug 13, 1940
Title Note Town left without power
Date August 17, 1940
Description Photo shows a flooded stream caused by a dam break after the storm of August 13, 1940. Taken at Blowing Rock, NC, by A. S. Burns on August 17, 1940.
Commentary The flood of 1940 suspended construction on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The storm had left conditions treacherous for workers, and the town of Blowing Rock lost electric power.
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.)
Bodies of water
Flood of 1940
National Park Service
Storm damage
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway