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Title Gillam Gap
Date May 28, 1935
Description A view of Gillam Gap. A few houses and sheds are visible. Photo taken by "EHA" (Edward H. Abbuehl) on May 28, 1935, Milepost 263.7.
Commentary Gillam Gap is a grassy meadow that slopes slowly toward the north and drops from the ridge rapidly to the south. Elevation in the center of the gap is 3,255 feet. Before construction began, Stanley Abbott wanted to create a recreation area with a campground in the meadow. After the lands were acquired, however, the facilities were never constructed, and the National Forest Service recommended giving the land to the Blue Ridge Parkway project. This photograph was taken a year before construction on Section 2E began.
Location Location Name: Gillam Gap
Parkway Milepost: 267.0
Latitude: 36.283007
Longitude: -81.372856
Creator Individual Edward H. Abbuehl
Creator Organization National Park Service—Blue Ridge Parkway
Tags Ashe County (N.C.)
Gillam Gap (N.C.)
Stanley Abbott
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway