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1950s Correspondence Parkway Origins
This is a packet of materials related to an effort in the 1950s to uncover the origins of the idea for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Digital version of Anne Whisnant's original, hand-drawn paper mockup vision for Driving Through Time homepage.

20081026 Start date sign.JPG
Photograph by Anne and David Whisnant (taken October 26, 2008) of the North Carolina state historic marker for the Blue Ridge Parkway, located on the Parkway near Low Gap, NC.

Account of first phase of construction on first Blue Ridge Parkway section, Section 2-A (NC/VA line southward to U.S. highway 21). Gives specific start dates in September, 1935 for various aspects of construction. Addresses question of official date…

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

On issue of the Blue Ridge Parkway News discussing concessions bids, regulations for use of Parkway, construction updates, etc.

KARDEX 2-A _ NC & VA State Line to US Route 21.pdf
Construction record for Parkway section 2A (North Carolina/Virginia line south to U.S. Route 21) maintained by Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters, Asheville, NC.

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…
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