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Title Interpretive sign "Old Logging Railroad"
Date August 1976
Description Image shows an interpretive sign that is made of wood. The sign is titled "Old Logging Railroad". The image was taken near the Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area, near milepost 34.4 in Section 1E of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Taken by Robert G. Bruce in August 1976. The sign reads:

"Early in the 20th century lumber companies built narrow gauge railroads far into the mountains. This railroad, which was 50 miles long, carried more than 100 million board feet of logs to the mill. It was built in 1919-1920 and a section has been reconstructed here. Logging and fires destroyed most of the virgin forests of the Blue Ridge; the trees you see today are mostly second growth. / United States Department of the Interior / National Park Service".
Location Location Name: Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area
Parkway Milepost: 34.4
Latitude: 37.0
Longitude: -79.179444
Creator Individual Robert G. Bruce
Tags Interpretive development
Signs and signboards
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway