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.

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a year. Extensive power outages closed several of the visitor centers. Elevation varies on the parkway from 650 feet at the James River in Virginia to over 6,050 feet south of Mount Pisgah. The weather changes quickly because of these altitude differences, sometimes without warning. “An open Parkway is a safe Parkway” is the motto of the National Park Service. Safety is of the highest concern of park officials. If the road is closed, it is not safe. Continuous environmental assessments are made

and concrete. During the early design phase of the parkway, the Bureau of Public Roads (now the Federal Highway Association) collaborated with the National Park Service on the design of the structures. Stone facing for the bridges and grade-separation structures became the hallmark style of architecture used by the National Park Service. Rock was either acquired from local quarries or obtained from the rock cuts created during the road construction. The stone varies on the 469-mile route

parking lot. The designers of the parkway wanted to create “atmosphere,” and they did this quite often with water features like this small pond. Visitors would have to have a permit to fish here. Some of the ponds and streams are stocked. Special fishing spots in Virginia include Mill Creek, Abbott Lake, Little Stoney Creek, Otter Lake and Creek, Rock Castle Creek, Little Rock Castle Creek, and Chestnut Creek. North Carolina fishing spots include Trout Lake, Upper Boone Fork (upstream from Price

shortfall of over $600 million impacting the National Park Service, your support is needed more than ever! The following are examples of the impact upon the parkway: campgrounds are closed because of lack of volunteer hosts, visitor centers cannot open without volunteers, visitors’ experiences are diminished if there are no cultural heritage demonstrations. The list is endless. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Staff shortages, the “endangered ranger,” and lack of park

enhance the experiences of the park user, and engage the corridor communities in sustaining the park’s trail system forever. FRIENDS is working with the park service to expand and build a first-class trail system, but we can only do this with the help of volunteers. FRIENDS recruits Trail Groups to construct trails, build bridges, and provide landscaping to improve the quality of our trails. Our goal also is to have Trail Ambassadors that can help visitors learn more about the park’s natural

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