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Title The Great Valley Sign
Date May 1960
Description Image shows a man and two children sitting on the ground with their backs to the camera, reading a wooden sign titled "The Great Valley." The sign description reads: "The Great Valley extends through the Appalachians from New York to Alabama. Here the valley is confined by the Alleghenies on the west and by the Blue Ridge on the east. The great warrior path of the Iroquois and Cherokee was used by the Scotch-Irish and German pioneers from Pennsylvania when they migrated down the valley to settle this area in 1730-50." Below the "Great Valley" title it appears that people have scratched their names onto the sign, including "Wayne," "Jim," and "Francis." Beyond the sign is a scenic vista of the valley below, with mountains in the background. Image was taken by Earl W. Estes, Jr., in May of 1960. Image taken near mile 99.6 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Botetourt County, Va.
Location Location Name: Milepost 99
Parkway Milepost: 99.0
Latitude: 37.415221
Longitude: -79.777391
Creator Individual Earl W. Estes, Jr.
Tags Botetourt County (Va.)
Scenic overlooks
Signs and signboards
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway