Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Early Construction
Title Note Near mile post 271.3
Date August 19, 1936
Description Photograph shows automobiles near a rudimentary road cut on a hillside near mile post 271.3 in section 2E of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Taken by W. D. Stanton on August 19, 1936.
Commentary The Blue Ridge Parkway was not simply laid upon the natural landscape. Though the construction in this photograph is barely under way, it is still visually striking how much of the hillside has been carved away. This style of construction could have added to the erosion problems in this area.
Location Location Name: Milepost 271
Parkway Milepost: 271.0
Latitude: 36.257347
Longitude: -81.451694
Creator Individual W.D. Stanton
Tags Automobiles
Land construction
Road construction
Slopes (road cuts)
Wilkes County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway