Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Pre-Asphalt Road in Section 2A
Date June 23, 1936
Description Photograph shows unpaved part of road in section 2A of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with two farm buildings on the left.
Commentary Here is an example of the initial flattened road of the Parkway before asphalt was used in the road construction. The road, here, is flat but full of smaller, coarser stones, which more than likely made for a bumpy ride on the early Parkway. The image is looking southward down the Parkway. To the left of the road there are two buildings. It is unclear whether those buildings were owned by the National Park Service at that time.
Location Location Name: Section 2A
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.496308
Longitude: -80.955864
Creator Individual A.C. Haygard
Tags Alleghany County (N.C.)
Farm buildings and land
Land construction
Road conditions
View of road
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives