Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway

Oral History Interview with Earl Trevathan, November 12, 1996

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Abstract Earl Trevathan came to work on the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1946 as the parkway's first seasonal ranger. He talks about the things that made the biggest impression on him upon joining the Park Service, including the wildlife, altitude and plant life. Trevathan also talks about his interactions with locals, some of whom were wary of the government-employed rangers. In particular, he details his discovery of a moonshine still and the subsequent warning he received from a fellow ranger about possible retaliation. Trevathan also talks about the interpretive role of the job and his dealings with tourists. He goes on to talk about the construction of the Linn Cove Viaduct, Hugh Morton's involvement in the project, and the contention over its construction.
Date November 12, 1996
Interviewee Trevathan, Earl
Interviewee occupation Seasonal ranger
Interviewee DOB September 29, 1923
Interviewer Mullis, Julie
Subject Park rangers
Linn Cove Viaduct
Hugh Morton