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Title Retaining Wall Construction
Date November 6, 1936
Description Photograph shows workers constructing a stone retaining wall on a partially-cleared hillside in section 2M of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary Construction in a mountainous region provided designers with challenges at times when it came to constructing the Blue Ridge Parkway. Due to this, many landscape alterations became necessary. In this picture workers are constructing a retaining wall in order to better support the parkway. The retaining walls were often built in one of two ways- through rubble embankments or cement.
Location Location Name: Section 2D
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.373472
Longitude: -81.3275
Creator Individual W.D. Stanton
Tags Photographs
Retaining walls
Slope clearing
Stone carving
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives