Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title View of Machined-Flattened Parkway
Date July 22, 1936
Description Photograph shows an automobile driving along a machine-flattened section of road in section 2A of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary The image shows the early Parkway in section 2A curving around a bend. The road was carved, cleared and flattened using heavy construction machinery. It is hard to determine if the road was being prepared to be laid with asphalt or if that would come later in the future.
Location Location Name: Section 2A
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.496308
Longitude: -80.955864
Creator Individual W.D. Stanton
Tags Alleghany County (N.C.)
Construction equipment
Road conditions
Road construction
View of road
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives