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The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Detail View of Bridge #1 Construction
Date June 23, 1936
Description Photograph shows the corner of a partially-constructed pier of a stone bridge in water, in section 2A of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary This view of a corner of Bridge #1, perhaps Pine Creek Bridge #1, shows the wing wall (right) and the abutment wall (perpendicular, left). The stones used in its construction were local to the area, and chosen over concrete in order to save money during early periods in the Parkway’s construction. The earlier stones used in bridgework and guard wall constructions were hand cut and placed by hand, as well. The darker poles running from the abutment wall to the left out of the image are more than likely initial supports for the bridge crossing.
Location Location Name: Milepost 222
Parkway Milepost: 222.0
Latitude: 36.506201
Longitude: -80.942427
Creator Individual A.C. Haygard
Tags Alleghany County (N.C.)
Bodies of water
Bridge construction
Stone carving
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives