The last section of the Blue Ridge Parkway to be constructed was the Linn Cove Viaduct that crosses Grandfather Mountain near Blowing Rock, North Carolina. While the rest of the Parkway was completed in 1967, environmental and private property issues delayed the Linn Cove project until 1979. When planners proposed to route the Parkway over the top of Grandfather Mountain, its owner Hugh Morton resisted. He believed that route would damage both the value of his tourist attraction on the mountain as well as the mountain’s sensitive ecology. Eventually a lower route was selected. To minimize environmental damage, the road is carried on an S-shaped 1,243-foot viaduct running high above the mountainside. This engineering marvel provides a spectacular ride that appears to float in thin air.
About The Digital Heritage Project
DigitalHeritage.org includes essays, video interviews, and other materials created by the students of Western Carolina University. It also includes regional lesson plans created by teachers participating in the Adventure of the American Mind project sponsored by the Library of Congress. Radio spots created by WCU faculty and students may be heard on stations WKSF-FM, WMXF-AM, WPEK-AM, WWCU-FM, and WWNC-AM. A print version is available each month in the Laurel of Asheville.