Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway

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Title First Parkway Crossing of NC 18, Near Sparta, NC
Date July 22, 1936
Description Photograph shows a hill with a small building on it, an unpaved road, and a truck driving on the road. Taken somewhere in section 2A of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary The road running diagonally from the bottom right of the image is the Blue Ridge Parkway. Running horizontally is NC 18 that runs between Sparta (west) and Mt. Airy (east). It is somewhat difficult to determine whether the Parkway would run up the grade in the center of the background, or if it was going to continue to the left around the trees.
Location Location Name: Milepost 217
Parkway Milepost: 217.0
Latitude: 36.560486
Longitude: -80.911688
Creator Individual W.D. Stanton
Tags Alleghany County (N.C.)
Farm buildings and land
Road conditions
View of road
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives