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Title Grandfather Mt. (under construction)
Date August 1955
Description Photograph shows a dirt road and automobile near construction at Grandfather Mountain, with Pilot Ridge noted and highlighted in blue, as seen from station 119 and milepost 291.4 in section 2G of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Taken by Ted Pease in August 1955.
Commentary This photograph is the only one in section 2F to showcase Grandfather Mountain. Grandfather Mountain was a controversial section of the Blue Ridge Parkway's construction. The mountain's owner, Hugh Morton, objected to the proposed construction because he worried about the mountain's ecological well-being. Finally, after years of negotiating, the revolutionary Linn Cove Viaduct – which was constructed from the top down to protect the mountain’s terrain – opened in 1987, completing the Blue Ridge Parkway’s continuous 469-mile route.
Location Location Name: Grandfather Mountain
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.111239
Longitude: -81.8114991
Creator Individual Ted Pease
Tags Automobiles
Grandfather Mountain (N.C.)
Pilot Ridge (N.C.)
View of road
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway