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Title Thunder and Lightening [sic] Over Little Switzerland
Date November 1938
Description A dramatic story of a lawyer, Heriot Clarkson, who came to Little Switzerland and became embroiled in a conflict with the State Highway Commission and the newspapers. The story closes by saying, "Men may forget, in time, the present controversy, but men will long remember - as well they may - the solitary and courageous figure of an old man standing atop Little Switzerland, silhouetted [sic] against the evening sky, strengthened by the faith in that in North Carolina the rights of citizens are protected alike from acts of individuals and governments, and from criminals and bureaus."
Commentary The unsigned story, without mentioned names, is very clearly about the fight between the Switzerland Company and the State Highway Commission over the amount of compensation for land taken for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Judge Clarkson claimed that the story was sent to him by a friend, but its language and tone suggest the story was written by Clarkson himself. Box 10, folder 539.
Location Location Name: Little Switzerland
Parkway Milepost: 330.8
Latitude: 35.849672
Longitude: -82.091147
Tags Blue Ridge Parkway--Right-of-way
Clarkson, Heriot
Little Switzerland (N.C.)
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.