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Title Trading Post
Date July 1958
Description Photograph shows two people standing in front of the rustic-style Northwest Trading Post building near Laurel Springs, North Carolina, and mile post 259 in section 2D of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Taken by Donald H. Robinson in July 1958.
Commentary The Northwest Trading Post opened for business in August of 1958. Founded as a non-profit business by locals living in the Glendale Springs area, the purpose of the Northwest Trading Post was to display and sell the locally crafted goods of the ten counties surrounding this section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Since no business can operate along the Parkway without National Park Service approval, the Trading Post is one of the approved concessions.
Location Location Name: Northwest Trading Post
Parkway Milepost: 258.0
Latitude: 36.343644
Longitude: -81.375559
Creator Individual Donald H. Robinson
Tags Business
Northwest Trading Post (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway