March 23, 2012
Blue Ridge Parkway
Want to experience a great getaway? Maybe even take a long relaxing drive that will be remembered for a lifetime? The Blue Ridge Parkway will satisfy all those needs and more. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile stretch through Roanoke, Virgina and Asheville, North Carolina. It is the longest road ever to be constructed in the United States (Blue Ridge Parkway 75). Many people have only drove through the parkway, but have never really stopped to enjoy the many opportunities available. There are things to do for people of all ages; that can be educational or just for fun. People can do things from sight-seeing to exploring sites full of rich history. The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than just a long, relaxing drive through North Carolina and Virginia; with its rich history, many tourist attractions, and fun recreation. It is sure to keep any person busy. The Blue Ridge Parkway didn’t just happen over night. It took fifty-two years to complete. The Parkway was inspired by the Skyline Drive, which is similar to the Parkway. President Franklin Roosevelt took a look and he agreed to start building what is now called the Blue Ridge Parkway. It took much more than the President’s approval; the constructors had to figure out where to put the Parkway. North Carolina, Virgina, and Tennessee had discussed many routes, but finally after re-examining, they decided to locate the parkway through North Carolina and Virginia. Now construction could begin. A planning team was assigned by the governors of North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee to layout a design. Secretary of the Interior, Harold Ickes, approved the plan to build a new ‘Park-to-Park Highway’. He gave four million dollars to start construction and hired a skilled architect to lead the plan. On September 11th, 1935 construction began here, in North Carolina and the following February, work began in Virgina.
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