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The Blue Ridge Mountains have been home for the Saponi, Cherokee, Monacan, and Tutelo indians. They have witnessed battles of the French and the British, and the Blue and the Gray. These mountains have been the outpost of the frontier settlers, and they have given coal and timber for a growing nation. Today, they offer refuge for the miner, recreation for the masses, and retreat for the millionaire.

The slopes of these gentle giants formed the background of my childhood. In most every occasion, they were standing like a silent witness, watching my life unfold, as they did for several generations of my family before me. Though I have moved and the people and places have changed, these blue, hazy, peaks welcome my return whenever I get the opportunity.

Though the Blue Ridge Mountains may seem the unchanging backdrop of the flow of events, the future of what it offers us is uncertain. Disease, unchecked urban sprawl, pollution, and mass apathy all have the potential to reduce its beauty to mere ashes in a generation. Perhaps if more of us who love these mountains performed small acts of kindness for them, we could rightly hope to pass on this treasure when our time here has ended.
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The Blue Ridge Parkway

For seventy years, this highway known as ‘America's Favorite Scenic Drive’ has delighted tourists with its unparalleled vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as its unique look into America's rural past. Stretching over 450 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway receives more visitors annually than any other property in the National Parks System. (top)


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Blue Ridge Parkway News-

24 Apr 2017 at 11:36pm

  • Rangers ask for public's help after Blue Ridge Parkway sees spike in graffiti...
    19 Apr 2017 at 5:05pm

    WSET

    Rangers ask for public's help after Blue Ridge Parkway sees spike in graffiti
    WSET
    LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Blue Ridge Parkway known for its beauty is seeing some very ugly defacing. Nestled in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a very ugly trend. Spray paint vandalism is hardly new. Jon Holter with the National Park ...
    Park Service sees uptick in graffiti on Blue Ridge ParkwayWHSV

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  • Graffiti on rise on Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina - Washington Post
    12 Apr 2017 at 10:41am

    Washington Post

    Graffiti on rise on Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
    Washington Post
    HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. ? Rangers along the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina say there's been an increase in graffiti along the scenic mountain highway. The Times-News of Hendersonville reported (http://bit.ly/2nCa5I8) that rangers are ...
    Graffiti rises sharply on Blue Ridge Parkway in AshevilleAsheville Citizen-Times
    Graffiti Increasing on Blue Ridge Parkway in North CarolinaU.S. News & World Report
    Foothills Conservancy Hosts Hike at Bear Den property along Blue Ridge Parkway April 22Caldwell Journal

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  • Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates National Park Week - WLOS
    17 Apr 2017 at 5:21pm

    WLOS

    Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates National Park Week
    WLOS
    Crystal Scott was visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway on Monday and enjoying National Park Week by getting away from her busy, every day life. "It is just peaceful all day long. After kids crying, people doing stuff, it is nice to hear nothing but the ...


  • Mudslide closes Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone - WLOS
    5 Apr 2017 at 12:31pm

    WLOS

    Mudslide closes Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone
    WLOS
    Mudslide closes Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone. by WLOS. Tuesday, April 4th 2017. Several miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed near Boone because of a massive mudslide. And, with more rain expected Wednesday, it could get worse. (Photo ...
    Mudslide blocks part of Blue Ridge Parkway
    Landslide shuts down portion of Blue Ridge ParkwayWSOC Charlotte

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  • Fees increased for camping along Blue Ridge Parkway - Richmond.com
    2 Apr 2017 at 12:12pm

    Richmond.com

    Fees increased for camping along Blue Ridge Parkway
    Richmond.com
    Blue Ridge Parkway campers will pay a little more to pitch a tent this year and they can only burn approved firewood. Higher fees are among some of the changes the parkway announced when it released its schedule of openings for the spring. Virginia ...


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The Civilian Conservation Corps-

ccc, blue ridge mountains, blue ridge parkwayThe Blue Ridge Parkway would not exist without the brave, hardworking men of the CCC who forged this trail in the Great Depression, often with little more than hand tools. The tremendous achievement and great skill of these unsung heroes can be seen in the many structures they created for our enjoyment. (top)

Civilian Conservation Corps Links-

Answers.com has more CCC info. (top)

CCC News-

24 Apr 2017 at 11:36pm

  • 84th anniversary of Civilian Conservation Corps - WJAC Johnstown
    1 Apr 2017 at 4:52pm

    WJAC Johnstown

    84th anniversary of Civilian Conservation Corps
    WJAC Johnstown
    PENFIELD - Friday marked 84 years since the formation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public work-relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942. The CCC was a Depression-era work program, intended to promote environmental conservation but ...


  • Historian works to recognize contributions of Civilian Conservation Corps - N...
    12 Apr 2017 at 6:27pm

    Newsbug.info

    Historian works to recognize contributions of Civilian Conservation Corps
    Newsbug.info
    The CCC, the abbreviation for the Civilian Conservation Corps, is somewhat forgotten amongst the whirlwind of legislative efforts President Franklin Delano Roosevelt initiated in his quest to fight off the Great Depression. One historian is working to ...


  • University Libraries & Learning Sciences - UNM Newsroom
    16 Apr 2017 at 1:08am

    UNM Newsroom

    University Libraries & Learning Sciences
    UNM Newsroom
    Dr. Richard Melzer, UNM Dept of History, Department of History presents a lecture as part of a series organized in conjunction with the exhibit, "A New Deal at UNM." The exhibit focuses on UNM's involvement in New Deal programming, as both a recipient ...


  • The West Virginia CCC Camp Museum celebrates 84 years since Civilian Conserva...
    26 Mar 2017 at 11:07pm

    The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

    The West Virginia CCC Camp Museum celebrates 84 years since Civilian Conservation Corps began
    The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)
    MOUNT CLARE ? The local chapter of the Civilian Conservation Corps observed the 84th anniversary of the public work relief program's founding at the West Virginia CCC Camp Museum on Sunday at the old Quiet Dell schoolhouse. The day is meant to ...


  • Thrifty Thurston Looks Back at the History of the Civilian Conservation Corps...
    30 Mar 2017 at 8:03am

    ThurstonTalk

    Thrifty Thurston Looks Back at the History of the Civilian Conservation Corps at Millersylvania State Park</b>
    ThurstonTalk
    What changed things was the Civilian Conservation Corps. Formed as one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal public work relief programs, the CCC (1933 ? 1942) enrolled unemployed single men aged 17 ? 28 from families receiving government ...
    Creating jobsThe Hindu

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Blue Ridge Mountains News

24 Apr 2017 at 11:36pm

  • Culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains focus of Wayne Theatre talk - Augusta Fre...
    10 Apr 2017 at 9:17am

    Augusta Free Press

    Culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains focus of Wayne Theatre talk
    Augusta Free Press
    lynn coffey Author Lynn Coffey will present a talk on the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Wayne Theatre on Tuesday, April 25. Coffey is the author of a five-book series on the history of the people of the Blue Ridge and Virginia highlands ...


  • Graffiti rises sharply on Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville - Asheville Citizen...
    12 Apr 2017 at 11:32am

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Graffiti rises sharply on Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    ASHEVILLE ? Rangers can barely keep up with the recent surge in graffiti along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The 469-mile road that carves a picturesque path through the Blue Ridge Mountains has seen a huge increase in vandalism to overlooks, signs, ...
    Foothills Conservancy Hosts Hike at Bear Den property along Blue Ridge Parkway April 22Caldwell Journal

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  • Property has breathtaking view of Blue Ridge Mountains - Spartanburg Herald J...
    26 Mar 2017 at 5:13am

    Spartanburg Herald Journal

    Property has breathtaking view of Blue Ridge Mountains
    Spartanburg Herald Journal
    It is the vast view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from his great room. Looking due north through a wall of windows, the large backyard is open space with native trees in the walkable distance. Beyond the property line is the mountain range, with Hoghead ...


  • Rangers ask for public's help after Blue Ridge Parkway sees spike in graffiti...
    19 Apr 2017 at 5:05pm

    WSET

    Rangers ask for public's help after Blue Ridge Parkway sees spike in graffiti
    WSET
    LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Blue Ridge Parkway known for its beauty is seeing some very ugly defacing. Nestled in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a very ugly trend. Spray paint vandalism is hardly new. Jon Holter with the National Park ...

    and more »

  • A good case of the blues - MyStatesman.com
    21 Apr 2017 at 11:13pm

    MyStatesman.com

    A good case of the blues
    MyStatesman.com
    The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the backbone of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and Virginia. We'd picked it up in southern Virginia after visiting a friend in Pulaski and finding, to our delight, that the moribund town we'd seen ...

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