Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Wall detail
Date July 27, 1940
Description Photograph shows a stone retaining wall between a creek and the roadway near station 545 and mile post 286.8 in section 2F of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Taken by A. S. Burns on July 27, 1940.
Commentary Stone walls and bridges are common on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Planners preferred to use stone because they believed that the stone was synonymous with the rustic style used by the National Park Service as a way to blend these man-made structures with their natural environments.
Location Location Name: Milepost 286
Parkway Milepost: 286.0
Latitude: 36.185532
Longitude: -81.606036
Creator Individual A.S. Burns
Tags Bodies of water
Retaining walls
Stone carving
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway