Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway

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Title Work on Culvert
Date October 28, 1936
Description Photograph shows workers working in a ditch with drainpipe alongside the road in section 2A of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with buildings and fences visible in the background.
Commentary This picture shows members of the Civilian Conservation Corp hard at work digging a 90-foot culvert alongside the road. Culverts are used to channel water oftentimes underneath a road, as seen here. The workers seen here are part of a much longer program through the CCC which provided jobs in conserving and developing natural resources across the United States. They were started by President Roosevelt and provided almost 3 million jobs to young men between the ages of 18-24 so they could earn money during the Great Depression.
Location Location Name: Section 2A
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.496308
Longitude: -80.955864
Creator Individual W.D. Stanton
Tags Construction
Farm buildings and land
Land construction
Residential building
Underground pipelines
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives