Blue Ridge Parkway


Blue Ridge Parkway


Blue Ridge Parkway (N.C. and Va.)


Primary source materials related to the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Collection Items

Letter from R. Getty Browning to George L. Radcliffe
Letter in support of North Carolina's proposal for the Blue Ridge Parkway route.

Work on Scenic Parkway Link to Begin Very Soon
This is a THURSDAY. Says "the first work toward the construction of the first link of the Park-to-Park Scenic highway began Wednesday morning [September 11, 1935], when a few men were employed by the contractor to assist in unloading and moving…

Parkway Started Monday Above Lowgap
Talking about beginning of construction on Parkway -- a really nice description of that first day. Header notes that Virginia part "must wait for meeting of its legislature." Says that more than 100 men started work on the Parkway at NC-VA line on…

Letter from J. P. Dodge to Capus  Waynick
Letter addressing Parkway construction start date:

"Representing you and the people of the State of North Carolina, I ordered the first breaking of ground on the first project of the Shenandoah- Great Smoky Mountains National Parkway on ThAVsday,…

Blue Ridge Parkway News (May 1940 Issue)
On issue of the Blue Ridge Parkway News discussing concessions bids, regulations for use of Parkway, construction updates, etc.

Grandfather Mountain: Shall It Be Saved?
Article from Harlan P. Kelsey describes the threats posed by timbering to Grandfather Mountain and urges federal takeover to halt its possible destruction.

110 Men to Begin Work on Parkway Road at Once
Newspaper account addressing impending start of Blue Ridge Parkway construction.
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