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Title Curved Head Wall
Title Note Left curved headwall Station 225-.
Date August 22, 1936
Description Photograph shows a curved stone head wall at a culvert opening, with rocks and assorted debris in the water. Taken in section 2A of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary Mile 223 at Station 225 of the Blue Ridge Parkway is located on the Cumberland Knob part of Blue Ridge Parkway in Alleghany County, NC. Picture taken on August 22, 1936 by W.D. Stanton. Picture from the North Carolina State Archives. Cumberland Knob was where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935 as a part of the Civilian Conservation Corp, which was started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Civilian Conservation Corp was part of the New Deal and was implemented to give young men jobs, as well as to conserve and promote nature and land. Most likely, this photograph of a headwall was taken during the construction of Blue Ridge Parkway. A headwall is a small retaining wall placed at the outlet of a stormwater pipe or culvert, so most likely this headwall was being used to drain water for construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Picture labeled "Left curved headwall Station 225-."
Location Location Name: Section 2A
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.496308
Longitude: -80.955864
Creator Individual W.D. Stanton
Tags Construction
Stone carving
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives