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The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Men at HPRE Wall
Date December 5, 1936
Description Photograph shows a hand-placed rock embankment with wooden supports, workers, and a wooden piece of construction equipment in section 2C of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary This picture shows part of section 2C under construction in December of 1936. Section 2C was not opened to the public until a little under a year later. Even the simplest of machinery could be necessary in stone masonry in parkway construction because of the slant and grading. This mechanism looks like it could be a pulley system for the laying the stones on the face where they would be hard to reach by hand. This picture is possibly taken in section 2-C between Air Bellows Gap and Doughton Park. This photo specifically refers to the "H.P.R.E. Face."
Location Location Name: Section 2C
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.416769
Longitude: -81.193564
Creator Individual W.D. Stanton
Tags Air Bellows Gap (N.C.)
Alleghany County (N.C.)
Construction equipment
Doughton Park (N.C.)
Land construction
Retaining walls
Rock embankments
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives