Building the Blue Ridge Parkway (NC) (Images of America)

23 Nov

Building the Blue Ridge Parkway (NC) (Images of America)

Building the Blue Ridge Parkway (NC) (Images of America)

Karen J. Hall

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0738552879

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Blue Ridge Parkway began as a dream in the late 1800s and became reality in 1983 when the 469-mile scenic highway was completed. Construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in September 1935 at Cumberland Knob. Heavy construction was done by contractors who won bids for the different projects along various sections of the parkway. Civilian Conservation Corps troops took care of the roadsides,

landscaping, and structure building. As part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, this project was intended to provide jobs throughout the region. Images of America: Building the Blue Ridge Parkway contains approximately 200 construction photographs of the Blue Ridge Parkway.





















Archives.) BUCKET OF TROUBLE, c. 1936. Curiosity snagged these two ladies in the early days of construction in Virginia. They are sitting in the bucket of a diesel shovel. Visitors could not wait for the road to be completed, and many would take a walk along the unfinished roadbed to get a glimpse of what was to come. Although the country was in a Depression, fashion and style did not stop. Women’s fashions moved away from the brash, daring style of the Roaring Twenties toward a more romantic,

resources as they hike the trail. PRESERVE THE HEMLOCKS. Help us defeat the woolly adelgids that threaten our unique and spectacular hemlock forest. With your support, our magnificent hemlocks will continue to thrive for years to come—and be enjoyed by future generations. The hemlock woolly adelgid is native to Asia, where it is not a problem to local hemlocks. In 1950, it was introduced to the eastern part of the United States, where it does not have natural enemies in our environment—and is

therefore a deadly threat. Recently, this small, relentless, deadly non-native pest is showing up in places where it has never been seen before—on majestic host trees that were not expected to be hit for several years. Experts say the region faces an ecological tragedy that parallels the chestnut blight. “It was a dark, dark day,” says Parkway Resource Management Specialist Lillian McElrath, of her discovery of adelgids “pretty much everywhere” at Linville Falls: in the picnic area, along the

nothing more than trails that had been widened for wagons. Very few had gravel. One of the most famous early roads was the Great Wagon Road. Hordes of early German and Scotch-Irish settlers used what became known as the Great Wagon Road to move from Pennsylvania southward through the Shenandoah Valley, through Virginia and the Carolinas, to Georgia, a distance of about 800 miles. The mountain ranges to the west of the valley are the Alleghenies, and the ones to the east constitute the Blue Ridge

identified as Dale Shepherd, unidentified, Travis Owens, and Arthur Phipps. They are standing at a directional sign showing the way to the picnic area or the trail to Wildcat Rock. (Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Parkway Archives.) PETE KULYNYCH IN 1940. Pete Kulynych became administrative assistant with Lowe’s Hardware in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, after leaving the CCC. The purpose of the CCC was to hire local boys and train them in usable skills. Most of their work projects included

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