Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Timber Cutting by M.C. Biggerstaff
Date May 27, 1937
Description Photograph of an area where many trees have been cut down. Taken by L.M.H. on May 27, 1937, in the vicinity of Stations 545-555, Section 2E (incorrectly identified on the card as Section 2J), milepost 271-272 off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary For many land owners along the tract that was to become the Blue Ridge Parkway, cutting timber was an important source of income. Once land was purchased by the National Park Service, the government usually wanted the land to remain as pristine as possible. However, due to delays in receiving payment for their land, owners sometimes continued to cut down trees against the wishes of the National Park Service.
Location Location Name: Milepost 271
Parkway Milepost: 271.0
Latitude: 36.257347
Longitude: -81.451694
Creator Individual L.M.H.
Tags Ashe County (N.C.)
Watauga County (N.C.)
Wilkes County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway