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Title Typical country road through North Carolina section of parkway. This is a usual road in good weather.
Date October 20, 1936
Description Addition card text: "There are in the area unusual roads in bad weather." An example of a road prior to the building of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This shows a road in good weather, dry and rutted with trees crowding over the path. A figure is walking on the road. There is no sign of bad weather and it is unknown how it would behave under bad weather conditions. Taken by A.S. Burns on October 20, 1936, in Section 2E, Milepost 261.3-276.4.
Commentary The Blue Ridge Parkway was heralded as a new road that could help to replace old rural roads, which was the whole point of the Good Roads movement. The state of the roads prior to the Blue Ridge Parkway shows the necessity of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the complications caused by it being a private access.
Location Location Name: Section 2E
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.275389
Longitude: -81.427278
Creator Individual A.S. Burns
Creator Organization National Park Service—Blue Ridge Parkway
Tags Ashe County (N.C.)
E.B. Jeffress Park (N.C.)
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Roads
Watauga County (N.C.)
Wilkes County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway