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Title Bridge #9 Abutment
Date October 29, 1936
Description Photograph shows a stone abutment under construction in section 2A of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with a worker and construction equipment visible at the bottom.
Commentary Abutments are generally where two points of a structure meet one another. They are used on Blue Ridge Parkway bridges to support the weight of the arches upon which the bridges are constructed. The vast majority of construction work on the Blue Ridge Parkway was completed by workers in the Civilian Conservation Corp which was started by Franklin Roosevelt as a component of his New Deal programs to bring about economic recovery during the Great Depression. Almost 3 million men took part in the CCC which aimed to conserve and develop natural resources.
Location Location Name: Section 2A
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.496308
Longitude: -80.955864
Creator Individual W.D. Stanton
Tags Abutments
Bridge construction
Stone carving
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives