Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Cut Ditch and Bank
Date October 28, 1936
Description Photograph shows an unpaved road cut into a hill with cleared slopes in section 2A of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary Another view of the progress of road construction one year after the project began. The Civilian Conservation Corp worked tirelessly to complete the parkway as soon as possible in order to get tourists to the area sooner. The sooner the tourists arrived, the sooner the economy of the cities in the areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway would start to recover.. The Civilian Conservation Corp employed almost 3 million young men between the ages of 18-24 in jobs of conserving and developing natural resources and was started by Franklin Roosevelt as one of his New Deal Programs.
Location Location Name: Section 2A
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.496308
Longitude: -80.955864
Creator Individual W.D. Stanton
Tags Grading (Earthwork)
Road conditions
Road construction
Slopes (dressed)
View of road
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives