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Title Letter from Heriot Clarkson to Francis O. Clarkson
Date May 3, 1938
Description Pushes Francis to begin preparations for lawsuit and references advice given by Gov. Ehringhaus. Compares State Highway Commission's seizing of Switzerland Company land as equivalent to invasions by Japan and Mussolini. Charles Ross and Frank L. Dunlap are referenced specifically. Restricted access to Bland's Knob and Kilmichael Tower are cited as particularly unfair.
Commentary The comparison of the State Highway Commission to Hitler, Mussolini and Imperial Japan was often cited by Judge Clarkson and the restricted access to Little Switzerland landmarks were considered egregious by the Mass Meeting committee. Box 11.
Location Location Name: Little Switzerland
Parkway Milepost: 330.8
Latitude: 35.849672
Longitude: -82.091147
Creator Individual Heriot Clarkson
Tags Access roads
Blands' Knob (N.C.)
Blue Ridge Parkway--Right-of-way
Clarkson, Francis O.
Dunlap, Frank L.
Ehringhaus, J.C.B. (John Christoph Blucher)
Kilmichael Tower (N.C.)
Little Switzerland (N.C.)
Ross, Charles
State Highway and Public Works Commission
Credit Francis O. Clarkson Papers, #3275, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.