Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Before flood and P.R.A. regrading
Date September 25, 1939
Description Photograph taken to show a gully caused by improper drainage. Deep cuts in the soil are visible.
Commentary This shows a section of road before the Public Roads Administration regraded the surface. Improper drainage from this stretch of road created a gully. This would become important during and after the flood of 1940.
Location Location Name: Milepost 268
Parkway Milepost: 268.0
Latitude: 36.279869
Longitude: -81.41477
Creator Individual Malcolm A. Bird
Creator Organization National Park Service—Blue Ridge Parkway
Tags Ashe County (N.C.)
Benge Gap (N.C.)
E.B. Jeffress Park (N.C.)
Flood of 1940
Road conditions
Road damage
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway