Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Early Construction
Date July 22, 1936
Description Photograph shows workers on a road in a state of early construction in section 2A of the Blue Ridge Parkway, taken by W.D.S. on July 22, 1936.
Commentary Based on the date, this picture shows some of the earliest construction completed on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are several workers shown, most of whom were most likely participants in the Civilian Conservation Corp which was started by President Roosevelt as a part of the New Deal legislation. The CCC employed almost 3 million young men between the ages of 18-24 and put them to work conserving and developing natural resources across the United States. By employing these young men the Roosevelt administration was hoping to reinvigorate the economy by providing tourist destinations as well as paying the workers for the effort they put forth building the destinations.
Location Location Name: Section 2A
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.496308
Longitude: -80.955864
Creator Individual W.D. Stanton
Tags Alleghany County (N.C.)
Road conditions
Road construction
View of road
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway