Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Early Road Cut in Section 2A
Date June 23, 1936
Description Image shows an early road cut in section 2A, the first section of the Blue Ridge Parkway to be constructed.
Commentary The Public Works Administration, who hired 100 workers, carried out the construction of this section. During construction, there was conscious effort to preserve natural vegetation wherever possible. This seems evidenced by number of trees left so close to the road cut. Many of the trees and various impediments to construction (boulders, rocks, etc.) were removed by hand or hand-operated tools, making the earlier construction particularly strenuous.
Location Location Name: Section 2A
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.496308
Longitude: -80.955864
Creator Individual A.C. Haygard
Tags Alleghany County (N.C.)
Road conditions
Road construction
View of road
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives